June 20, 2009

Famed Astronaut Encourages Mars Exploration

Famed Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin commented on Friday that NASA's upcoming ventures should concentrate on sending a man to Mars and assisting other nations with space travel, the AFP reported.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing on June 21st, Aldrin spoke at the Hong Kong Space Museum demonstration and expressed his ideas that the US space agency needed to relinquish efforts of simply improving new rockets and shift focus to exploring the neighboring planet. 

"I think our resources should... be on a pathway that can lead us to Mars," he told reporters during a trip to Hong Kong.

When the Apollo 11 crew came back from their mission and started touring nations, Aldrin added, they began to recognize that the feeling of accomplishment was shared everywhere.

"We spoke to many people in different countries and they said, 'We did it'," said Aldrin. "These quests to space are capable of unifying people to see the successes of the human race."

"I think the moon needs to be visited by nations with space programs that have not realized that point yet," he said. "[The US] can help them do that, with our experience."

Now, age 79, Aldrin actively promotes space happenings.  He recently opened an account on social networking site Twitter to give hype to the 40th Apollo anniversary. 

When questioned about what he might have tweeted to the world after walking on the moon, Aldrin smiled and said, "I can't wait to get home."


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