Buzz Aldrin wants to take another giant leap for mankind.
On Thursday, Aldrin unveiled plans to launch a new space institute, in collaboration with Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), dedicated to Mars settlement research.
The establishment will be called Buzz Aldrin Space Institute and will open in Autumn.
““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,” Aldrin said in a statement.
If all goes to plan, the 85-year-old former astronaut would like to see us happily settled on Mars by 2040, Reuters reports.
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He first began putting his “master plan” together in 1985, envisioning “a spacecraft system with perpetual cycling orbits between Earth and Mars,” FIT stated.
The journey however, will take place in stages as Aldrin plans to launch “progressive missions” to asteroids and Phobos — one of the two natural satellites of Mars, before launching a mission to the red planet.
If we do settle on Mars by around 2039, it will be the perfect way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Aldrin’s first history-making moment.
On July 20, 1969 he, along with Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, became one of the first to set foot on the moon.
Looking ahead, ever hopeful of what we can achieve he said: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”