Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, has not given up the ambitious initiatives regarding space travel. He now aims to bring humans on Mars and bring the future of space exploration to a whole new level.
Aldrin is determined to help humans reach Mars. He gave much study to this issue, performed extensive research, and wrote much on the subject on his website. He also started a collaboration with Senior Spacecraft students at Purdue University, under the name Project Aldrin-Purdue.
“If we persevere on this pathway, we can reach Mars itself before 2035-66 years after Neil Armstrong and I flew the quarter-million miles through the blackness of space to touch down onto Tranquility Base, which was 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. But, to realize the dream of humans on Mars we need a unified vision. We need to focus on a pathway to the prize.”
Possible settling on Mars
He has decided to prepare humans for a possible flight and landing on Mars and show them how the experience might look like. Thus, at the SXSW Conference 2017, the former Apollo 11 astronaut launched Cycling Pathways to Mars. This is a holographic VR project produced by LIFE VR, TIME, and 8i. You can find a trailer below.
Aldrin aims not only to make it possible for astronauts to visit Mars and experience the conditions on the planet. After reaching the planet and properly exploring it, the astronomer dreams that humans will someday be able to establish human settlements on the planet.
Getting the White House involved in the initiative
On March 10th, Aldrin met with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House and announced the state officials of his initiative. The Trump administration did not make public any official policies regarding space travel. However, during the election, president Trump suggested that he might bring back the National Space Council (NSC). Also, he showed interest in issues related to space and declared that Americans are “ready to unlock the mysteries of space”.
Thus, there is a chance that NSC might be reestablished. If this happens, Vice President Pence would assume the role of chairman of the Council. Therefore, humans might not be so far away from landing on Mars and, in less than 20 years, we might have the first humans setting foot on the Red Planet.
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