Buzz Aldrin Forms a Space Institute to Promote Settlement on Mars

Friday, 28 August 2015 - 11:12AM
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Friday, 28 August 2015 - 11:12AM
Buzz Aldrin Forms a Space Institute to Promote Settlement on Mars
Buzz Aldrin became the second person to walk on the Moon in 1969, and since then, humans have not set foot on any other planetary body. According to Aldrin, Mars is next, or in his own words, "Get your ass to Mars!"



Now, Aldrin is working with the Florida Institute of Technology to found a Space Institute, specifically geared towards getting humans on Mars. But rather than just trying to set foot on Mars, Aldrin believes that we should be trying to colonize Mars, and the Institute will attempt to achieve this feat through research. FIT claimed in a statement that the joint effort will serve to realize "humankind's new vision for space."



Through the Institute, Aldrin hopes to continue his ongoing efforts to build an "Aldrin Mars Cycler," a system of spaceships that perpetually cycles the orbits of Earth and Mars, kind of like a commuter train. He now calls the project "Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars":

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"I'm thrilled to be partnering with FIT in my new home state of Florida," said Aldrin. "I am proud of my time at NASA with the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 programs but I hope to be remembered more for my contributions to the future. FIT will play a key role in my ongoing legacy and Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars. You ain't seen nothing yet!"
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According to FIT, Aldrin has "refined the concept over the years," and has already received patents on schematics for a modular space station, reusable rockets, and multi-crew modules for space flight. It's unclear whether any of these technologies have been tested, but if they work, they will all be essential for establishing a routine transit system to Mars.

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