Humans May be Headed for Mars


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin says humanity should prepare for the “great migration” to Mars for the sake of exploration and the survival of humankind. Do you agree?

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Elon Musk isn’t the only one who has come out and championed the idea of sending humans to Mars and starting a colony.

In March, Vice President Mike Pence announced a return to the moon by 2024, which Buzz Aldrin supported. However, the former astronaut is pushing for America to turn their eyes to something greater and beyond.

“Human nature — and potentially the ultimate survival of our species — demands humanity’s continued outward reach into the universe,” Aldrin wrote in an opinionated editorial for the Washington Post.

‘Mars is waiting to be discovered,’ Aldrin said.

‘Not by clever robots and rovers – though I support NASA’s unmanned missions – but by living, breathing, walking, talking, caring and daring men and women.’

Neil Armstrong is known as the first man to step on the moon, but people forget, or may not be aware, that Aldrin was his astronaut partner on that Apollo 11 mission, and the second person to lay a footprint down on the moon.

‘Apollo 11 aimed to prove America’s can-do commitment to space exploration, as well as its national security and technological superiority.’

‘We did all that. We also “Came in Peace for all Mankind”’

‘More of that is needed now.’

The 89-year-old believes that it’s time to start laying down the foundation of a mass human migration to the planet, and that begins with the current administration making Mars exploration a priority.

“All of this is within reach for humans alive now, but it starts with a unified next step in space,” he wrote.

‘The nation best poised to make it happen is the United States,’ he argues, claiming that many nations have their eyes strictly focused on the moon, while also implying the U.S. is best-suited to lead such an effort because of their advancements.

‘President John F. Kennedy is remembered for starting our nation’s drive to the moon, where Neil and I left footprints,’ Aldrin said. He added that ‘the Trump administration and this Congress would be remembered decades forward for putting humans permanently on the moon and Americans on Mars.’

Reports state that NASA and the Trump administration have 2033 circled in as the earliest date humans may land on the red planet, while Elon Musk believes he can have a Mars base by 2028.

A trip to Mars is a matter requiring complex calculations of logistics, with a one-way journey estimated to last around seven months to vary between six to eight months (depending on when the trip is taken), which is longer than astronauts currently stay on the International Space Station.

Regardless of how difficult it would be, Aldrin believes that expansion is critical for human survival- for the sake of exploration as well as ongoing survival.

‘Put simply: We explore, or we expire. That is why we must get on with it. In a world of division and distraction, this mission is unifying — for all Americans and for all humankind,’ Aldrin said.

‘I am personally glad we are headed back to the moon,’ he concluded. You can read more about this story on the Daily Mail.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin says humanity should prepare for the “great migration” to Mars for the sake of exploration and the survival of humankind. Do you agree?

29% Y – Martian
71% N – Earthling
28% Y – Martian
72% N – Earthling
31% Y – Martian
69% N – Earthling

Y – Martian

N – Earthling

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