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Buzz Aldrin calls for mass migration to Mars

By T.K. Randall
May 3, 2019 · Comment icon 50 comments

Aldrin has some ambitious ideas for the future of mankind. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Gage Skidmore
The veteran Apollo astronaut has called on the US government to hasten its efforts to colonize Mars.
Writing in the Washington Post, Aldrin, who famously walked on the Moon with fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong as part of the groundbreaking Apollo 11 mission in 1969, called on both Congress and President Trump to not only send humans to Mars, but to also build up a permanent presence there.

"Human nature - and potentially the ultimate survival of our species - demands humanity's continued outward reach into the universe," he wrote.

The emphasis, he argues, should not be on "a few hijinks or joy rides" but to work together with other countries to achieve a permanent settlement on Mars.
This can then facilitate what Aldrin refers to as the "great migration of humankind to Mars."

"In a world of division and distraction, this mission is unifying - for all Americans and for all humankind," he wrote.

With NASA currently targeting 2033 as the earliest possible date for a manned mission to Mars, perhaps Aldrin's vision of a united interplanetary human race is not as far-fetched as it seems.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (50)




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Comment icon #41 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
No. Man was never on Mars,  We know that man evolved on Earth.  Man invented the wheel on Earth,  he was not capable of transfering from Mars to Earth, like he is not capable of living on it today, so we were never there. BUT this does not mean there was no life there, but it was not our primitive anscestors. If the 'seed' of man came from Mars, it did not come here as a human being.  
Comment icon #42 Posted by docyabut2 5 years ago
 Mankind has to find water on the Moon, Mars or any other planet to survived, we`d have to haul water ,  also soil to plants seeds.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
We HAVE  found water on the Moon and Mars.
Comment icon #44 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
Don't know how many times l need to say this but Mars does have a magnetic field, but it is more in some areas than others, so if the astronauts land in the right area, then getting a tan is assured. And as for Mars being a dead rock, l guess that we have to trust NASA, with their noteworthy track record for that data.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Desertrat56 5 years ago
I don't think you would haul water, you would haul oxygen and hydrogen and make water, or pull those elements out of the air or where ever when you get there.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Desertrat56 5 years ago
According to Stan Love, an astronaught this book is plausible and 80% of the science presented is real.  It is written like a book that could be used for junior high /middle school science class. The Martian by Andy Wier https://www.amazon.com/Martian-Novel-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/B00EMXBDMA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=6XXPQBM7SJC9&keywords=the+martian+by+andy+weir&qid=1557080707&s=books&sprefix=The+Martian%2Cstripbooks%2C200&sr=1-1   Here is the television series I mentioned earlier. https://www.amazon.com/Novo-Mundo/dp/B01MCXBTM6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1LIQSNKS1I1B0&keywords=mars&qid=1... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
We are all in one basket in on earth, just a little cosmic incident (that will happen) and it's over... to go and colonize is the way to go if we think long-term. Preserving what we have is a priority too but in the end, we will not stop an asteroid easily, or a little solar incident or nuclear war incident to happen.
Comment icon #48 Posted by ParanormalMike666 5 years ago
He knows something he's not telling us. And everyone just thinks he's a crazy old man.
Comment icon #49 Posted by Impedancer 5 years ago
Intrestingly astrounauts muscles wast away on long space flights.
Comment icon #50 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
Nonsense land near a stream and all is well. He does, but doesn't want to lose his NASA membership, so says as much as he can, but anyone with an unbaised mind, and enough intelligence to walk a straight line can figure it out.


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