Buzz Aldrin really, really wants humans to go to Mars

Cesar Mills
March 20, 2017

That's why he partnered with 8i and Life VR to create a virtual reality experience called Cycling Pathways to Mars, which he previewed at South by Southwest this week in Austin. "First, we have to understand the conditions under which we're going to use something", he said, referring to the infrastructure needed for a successful mission.

The trip is going to take about six months each way and Aldrin thinks using the moons of Earth and Mars as stop-off points along the way will make the whole endeavor easier to plan and put into action.

"We don't have to get people there until we need to do the delicate [work], we get them up there, they know what they have to do and they get it done", Aldrin said.

"I think at that time, the president could say, if he listens to me, 'I believe that this nation should commit itself in two decades for America to lead global crews to occupy Mars, '" said Aldrin.

SpaceX chief executive, Elon Musk, also volunteered to invest in the plans.

"It might inspire many people, but it could also have the opposite effect, that people become content to experience it in virtual reality and not willing to undergo the hardships of spaceflight anymore", he writes. "They toughed it out".

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Buzz Aldrin has the distinct honor of being one of only 12 men who have ever walked on the moon.

From his early years in New Jersey, Aldrin says he was fascinated by the outer space adventures of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon; his Mars plan is the latest reach for the stars. "I just kind of wondered, what would happen if we intentionally went around the moon, came back to the Earth, and then swung around the earth and went back out again?" But he needs to get other people on board, which is why this virtual reality experience is key.

Aldrin's plan is complex and hard to understand if you're not a former astronaut with a doctorate from MIT, like Aldrin is. The film was incredible.

"The production quality makes you feel like you're standing in the middle of a high tier sci-fi film, which makes it all the more mind blowing that Buzz is guiding you through something that could realistically be implemented".

"The hologram was very crisp and was presented as a projection in the virtual space, a small detail that keeps the immersion intact", he added.

Shortly after its SXSW premiere, Buzz Aldrin's Cycling Pathways to Mars will be distributed by Time Inc.to its Time and Life VR platforms for viewing on various VR systems including HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.

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