11 Oct 2016

Buzz Aldrin: From the Moon to Mars

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:07 pm on 11 October 2016

For 93 minutes, astronaut Buzz Aldrin stood on the surface of the Moon and looked back at Earth. Almost 50 years have passed since he and Neil Armstrong first landed on the Moon.

Buzz Aldrin talks to Jon Bridges about the technology needed to get astronauts to and from Mars safely.

Aldrin didn't step down off the lunar lander first, but he made his own footprints on the moon and now at age 86, he's determined to leave lasting footprints on earth. 

He is pouring his seemingly endless energy into ensuring that astronauts get to Mars.  

Whether it's space travel or something more terrestrial, Aldrin believes everyone can shoot for the moon.

He hopes to inspire a new generation with his book, No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon

Aldrin, discovered recently that President John F. Kennedy had originally wanted to go to send Americans to Mars but NASA told him a Mars mission would be too difficult in the time frame that JFK was hoping for, so they suggested the US shoot for the Moon instead.

But now Aldrin believes Mars is within humanity's reach.