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."
"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."
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