Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

Buzz Aldrin’s Mars Initiative: Apollo 11 Astronaut Says We Can Send People To Mars By 2040

Buzz Aldrin's Mars Initiative: Apollo 11 Astronaut Says We Can Send People To Mars By 2040

Almost 48 years ago to this date, NASA made history by sending three men to the moon, including Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. But it was Mars that the 87-year-old Apollo 11 astronaut wanted to focus on over the weekend, as he made some bold statements about America’s plans to send people to the Red Planet, while raising a good amount of money for his campaign dedicated to helping fund research toward this lofty goal.

According to TIME, Aldrin was able to raise over $ 190,000 on Saturday for his space education nonprofit, the ShareSpace Foundation. He was joined at the fundraiser by fellow Apollo astronauts Michael Collins, Walt Cunningham, and Jack Schmitt, as he also announced that he expects people to land on Mars by 2040, a similar timeline to that of NASA.

Talking about his hopes for the future of space travel, Buzz Aldrin said that ongoing Mars programs need to be made more affordable in order for them to succeed.

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Buzz Aldrin’s Mars Initiative: Apollo 11 Astronaut Says We Can Send People To Mars By 2040