Buzz Aldrin calls for global Moon effort, Mars base in 25 years
While the ranks of humans who can boast of a new perspective after living on the ISS (International Space Station) or orbiting the Earth in a spacecraft has grown, only 12 humans have ever viewed our world from the surface of the Moon. Now one of the most famous among their ranks, Buzz Aldrin, is calling for a new approach to putting humans in space that could accelerate the colonization of space by decades.
In an editorial in the New York Times, Aldrin lays out a broad vision for putting humans back on the Moon that would include the establishment of what he calls an International Lunar Development Corporation. Crafted in the same model as the ISS, the ILDC would work to include even emerging space programs from countries such as China and India. Aldrin wrote, "I call for an international effort to further explore and utilize the Moon. It would be a partnership that involves commercial enterprise and other nations building upon the Apollo legacy."
However, Aldrin's most passionate entreaties are reserved for Mars. Aldrin believes that the true future of humanity lies in becoming essentially extinction level event proof by establishing our species on another planet. In fact, Aldrin believes this issue is so urgent that we should ramp up our plans and establish a human settlement on Mars within the next 25 years.
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