Could humans be living on Mars by 2039 ? Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
The legendary Apollo 11 astronaut is aiming to see an active human colony on Mars by the year 2039.
Having teamed up with the Florida Institute of Technology, Aldrin is looking to develop a 'master plan' for a colony on mars to be completed in time to mark the 70th anniversary of the first moon landing.
The 85-year-old, who took part in a signing ceremony on Thursday, will serve as both a research professor of aeronautics and a senior faculty adviser for the institute.
Aldrin's vision of a future settlement on Mars is in stark contrast to the "one-way trip" concept popularized by the controversial Mars One project and would instead see astronauts living and working on Mars for up to ten years at a time before returning home.
The veteran astronaut has also proposed using the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, as a staging area to make it easier to move both equipment and astronauts to and from the surface.
His vision for the future is certainly not outside the realm of possibility - especially given that NASA has already been working on its next generation rocket and space vehicle with the aim of placing a human on mars at some point within the next 25 years.
While Aldrin himself will probably not be around to see it happen, there is a distinct chance that his plan to see humanity travel far beyond where even he has tread could ultimately become a reality.
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