The second man to step foot on the moon is helping NASA plan the next frontier in space travel — the colonization of Mars.
According to The Guardian, Aldrin and the Florida Institute of Technology are joining forces to develop “a master plan” to allow humans to visit, and even settle, and the red planet.
Aldrin, who is now 85-years old, has been named the senior faculty adviser for the institute, as well as professor of aeronautics. Alrid said he hopes the plan they come up with will be accepted by NASA, and is pushing for a settlement on the surface of Mars by 2040. Ideally, he would love to have it scheduled for 2039, the 70th anniversary of own monumental moon landing.
NASA has already done extensive research on Mars, most recently with the Curiosity rover. No human being has ever made the trip, although a company called Mars One was taking applications from interested parties for a one-way trip to Mars that they hoped to launch in 2027. The trip to Mars would take anywhere from six-to-eight months.
While Aldrin’s plans don’t include the “one-way” label, he did have some inspiring words for would-be space travelers:
“The Pilgrims on the Mayflower came here to live and stay. They didn’t wait around Plymouth Rock for the return trip, and neither will people building up a population and a settlement [on Mars].”