There are two types of people in this world: those who walk on Mars if given the chance, and those who would not. Buzz Aldrin recently helped create a virtual reality experience that will help humans experience what it might be like to walk on Mars, if you’re so inclined.
Buzz Aldrin famously is the second man to walk on the moon. An acclaimed astronaut and engineer, Aldrin has long been a spokesman in explaining humans’ journey into the cosmos. He has dedicated his life to furthering our scientific understanding and inspiring more into a path among the stars.
“One of the things that makes space exploration so exciting is that the possibilities are endless,” he told Futurism. “Mars is the next actionable step for us—we have never been closer to knowing and exploring another planet. Plus, I believe that Mars has realistic potential for colonization.”
That colonization may come sooner than you think. As Aldrin later added, “Now is the time to start thinking seriously about what life on Mars might look like in the future. I believe we can have the first Human Martians at Mars by 2040.”
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With worries rising from the scientific community over climate change, a Mars colonization could prove advantageous. Though Aldrin acknowledges not everyone will be able to step on Mars anytime soon, he does hope these VR and AR programs will stimulate national interest in supporting our nautical journeys.
“It is in our nature to explore,” Aldrin said. “We, as a species, are curious and want to see what’s over the next hill, see how fast we can go. It was only 66 years from the point that the Wright brothers flew to us flying rockets to the Moon.”