- Parabolic Arc
- November 29, 2023
Moonwalker Buzz Pushes Human Mars Mission
Howry: Buzz Aldrin pushing for settlements on Mars
Ventura County Star
Aldrin is worried about the direction the space program is taking, and thinks it would be a terrible waste of time and money to engage the Chinese in a race back to the moon. As he put it, unless there is something to be gained â€” economically, scientifically, or something else heâ€™s unaware of â€” why do we want to get into a race to a place weâ€™ve been before? He sees nothing to gain from it.
He is pushing NASA to spend the time, energy and money on a program to establish settlements on Mars. According to Aldrinâ€™s plan, in 2016, the U.S. would send an exploration crew to Marsâ€™ moon. From there, exploring the surface through operating the Mars Rover would be much easier, effective and efficient.
After the initial exploration from Marsâ€™ moon, the first settlers would land on the planet in 2019 and colonize it. This part of Aldrinâ€™s plan is going to be a tough sell. Those settlers would be given a one-way ticket. There would be no return. According to Aldrin, the costs associated with providing a round trip would make the whole venture too expensive.
Read the full story.