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Buzz Aldrin calls for global Moon effort, Mars base in 25 years

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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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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.

 

I heartily agree with him. We need to move beyond our one little planet, if for no other reason than to prepare mankind in case of an ELE. That kind of event has happened before in our past and it has a good chance of happening again one day.

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Sorry while great to see, we need to sort out of sh1t on earth first. How about cleaning up our back yard and before we move out. Govt should be pushing more for cheaper cleaner ways to live and then we move out into space. And yes i think we should move to the moon before Mars.

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A lot of the advanced solar techs and such you'd need here are being procen in space - the harshest proving ground of all. Even advanced waste and water treatment techs. In-situ resource utilization, indigenous material and automated construction techs, atmospheric & weather research, advanced transportation technologies, alternative fuels, biomedical, materials and pure science, rlectronics, physics etc. etc. etc. Almost all multi use; Earth, sky and space.

The relationship is much like auto safety gear, advanced suspensions & engines and racing.

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Maybe Buzz will finally make it to the Moon. :p

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