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Buzz Aldrin Working With FIT on a Plan to Get Our Asses to Mars

Maybe some day we can yell at Mars with Buzz Aldrin, too.

Buzz Aldrin is pretty tired of the Moon being the only other body in the solar system that human beings have walked on, and he’s got a plan fix it.

Partnering with Florida Institute of Technology as the senior faculty advisor to their new Buzz Aldrin Space Institute—as “Buzz Aldrin” and “space” are two things on which Aldrin has a lot of insight to offer, obviously—Aldrin is excited to move forward on his “Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars.” The basic premise is to send humans on ever-expanding missions to land on asteroids, Mars’ moon Phobos, and eventually on to walking on the face of the Red Planet itself.

At that point, the plan makes provisions for the “Aldrin Mars Cycler,” which would be a space station that perpetually—and alternately—orbits Earth and Mars, making travel to and from Mars far more accessible and practical with a routine transit system. According to the FIT news release about their joint venture, Aldrin already holds a few U.S. patents for schematics of his modular space station, in case you were wondering how far his plans had progressed.

Aldrin said,

I’m thrilled to be partnering with FIT in my new home state of Florida. 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!

Hopefully, everything will work out and Aldrin won’t be so alone in the club of people who’ve walked on something else’s face.

(via Gizmodo)

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