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Buzz Aldrin calls for Mars base

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2013 · Comment icon 18 comments

Image Credit: Bryan Tong Minh
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin believes we should be heading to Mars sooner rather than later.
The second man to step foot on the Moon, Aldrin accompanied Neil Armstrong on the historic Apollo 11 landing in 1969. Within a few years however mankind's trips to another world would abruptly end and several decades later we have still never again ventured beyond Earth's orbit. During a recent visit to the Paris Air Show Aldrin commented that he believes our next step should be to attempt a manned mission to Mars within 25 years and then move on to a permanent base there.

"The nation that decides that it is worth doing and I believe that is the United States," he said. "The United States will commit to doing that. I think that the people who go there will be remembered in history as pioneers and the world leader who makes a commitment to establishing a permanent presence on another planet will also be remembered in history as a pioneer."[!gad]The second man to step foot on the Moon, Aldrin accompanied Neil Armstrong on the historic Apollo 11 landing in 1969. Within a few years however mankind's trips to another world would abruptly end and several decades later we have still never again ventured beyond Earth's orbit. During a recent visit to the Paris Air Show Aldrin commented that he believes our next step should be to attempt a manned mission to Mars within 25 years and then move on to a permanent base there.

"The nation that decides that it is worth doing and I believe that is the United States," he said. "The United States will commit to doing that. I think that the people who go there will be remembered in history as pioneers and the world leader who makes a commitment to establishing a permanent presence on another planet will also be remembered in history as a pioneer."
On 21 July 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the surface of the Moon, it appeared as though mankind was on the verge of a new age of space exploration.


Source: BBC News | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by DKO 11 years ago
It would be easier to set up a base on Mars with its atmosphere than the Moon which doesn't have one. Just getting there is the hard part.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Frank Merton 11 years ago
It doesn't appear that the States will do this, unless they get off their duff and smell the roses (mixed metaphor alert). More likely China or maybe Brazil. A private company might even do it if some profit motive could be found.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Whatsinausername 11 years ago
Dam the last person to set foot on the moon was 1972. What the hell are we doing? We should've already had bases on the moon before i was born in 1992. Maybe we already do......
Comment icon #12 Posted by 27vet 11 years ago
They failed hopelessly with the Biosphere experiments. They need to do better here on earth first. A Mars base would have to be largely self sustaining unless they plan on replenishment missions.
Comment icon #13 Posted by sam_comm 11 years ago
Problem is, instead of heading to Mars, we are heading to bankruptcy, we can't afford a Martian base: we are in debt up to our eyeballs. It could be possible in terms of funding the project of a Martian base if America, Canada, Russia, Europe and Japan comes together and share the costs just like the International Space Station.
Comment icon #14 Posted by stevemagegod 11 years ago
It could be possible in terms of funding the project of a Martian base if America, Canada, Russia, Europe and Japan comes together and share the costs just like the International Space Station. i don't see that happening anytime soon...
Comment icon #15 Posted by R4z3rsPar4d0x 11 years ago
i don't see that happening anytime soon... I agree
Comment icon #16 Posted by Dark_Grey 11 years ago
MarsOne project is planning on doing just that, Mr. Aldrin. Privately funded space programs will be the future.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Erowin 11 years ago
I want to shop at the Moon Mall and spend vacations at the Moon Hotel hurry up science
Comment icon #18 Posted by Frank Merton 11 years ago
I am not opposed to the idea of private funding for space, even though I generally think profit motive leads to various forms of exploitation. At least private speculators would take the risks. The benefit would also be that sometimes government enterprises are too political and often wasteful, and this would almost certainly be the case if it were a consortium of different countries.


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