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After Moon, Buzz Aldrin Takes You To Mars Via Virtual Reality

19 March 2017, 9:36 am EDT By Arrianne Del Rosario Tech Times
Shaking moon dust off, legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin wants to go to Mars. Thanks to technology, you, too, can tag along via virtual reality experience.   ( Adam Bettcher | Getty Images )

Not yet ready to rest on his laurels, Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, now has his eyes on Mars.

A dedicated advocate of bringing human civilization on the Red Planet, the legendary lunar astronaut has written and spoken extensively about the future of space exploration and has even done compelling work with Senior Spacecraft students at Purdue University, dubbed Project Aldrin-Purdue.

"If we persevere on this pathway, we can reach Mars itself before 2035-66 years after Neil Armstrong and I flew the quarter-million miles through the blackness of space to touch down onto Tranquility Base, which was 66 years after the Wright Brothers' first flight. But, to realize the dream of humans on Mars we need a unified vision. We need to focus on a pathway to the prize," Aldrin wrote on his website.

Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways To Mars

Giving the world a preview of his plan to successfully land humans on Mars by 2035, the former Apollo 11 astronaut has launched Cycling Pathways to Mars at the SXSW Conference 2017. It's the world's first holographic 'archival VR' project from LIFE VR, TIME, and 8i.

 

"They'll spend some time on the lunar surface to see what that loneliness and crew interactions are. But when they come back, the national program hopefully will not be to just to visit Mars, not just to keep it occupied, but to settle Mars," the 80-year-old American explorer, shared.

Watch its trailer below in the LIFE VR app for iOS and Android devices. The VR experience itself is available on Steam and Viveport for HTC Vive users, and soon in Oculus Rift.

Buzz Aldrin Tells White House Of His Plan

Last Friday, March 10, Aldrin met with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House in Washington, D.C.

As of late, the Trump administration has not announced any official policies when it comes to space. But talks of bringing back the previously abolished National Space Council (NSC) have been heard of during the U.S. election period. As tradition dictates, Vice President Pence will assume the role of NSC chairperson should it be re-established.

During his controversial inauguration back earlier this year, POTUS Donald Trump was quoted saying in his speech that Americans are "ready to unlock the mysteries of space."

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