"Fighter pilots have ice in their veins," Aldrin answers. "Fear is a disabling emotion. It prevents you from thinking clearly."
Sunday will mark the 45th anniversary of the moment the world heard those amazing words from Aldrin's Apollo 11 crewmate, the late
Aldrin, now 84, is making much of the anniversary. He hopes to drop into the
He'd like Obama's successor to use the 50th anniversary of the landing -
The people who go must be prepared for it to be a one-way trip, living out their lives on Mars, he said. That's more doable than round trips and would keep funding flowing to Mars exploration, unlike a flags-and-footprints stunt.
"If we go and come back, and go and come back, I'm sure
Aldrin has launched a social media campaign featuring a YouTube video in which celebrities and scientists relay their memories of Apollo 11.
"I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things," Aldrin says in the video.
In his book Mission to Mars: My vision for space exploration, Aldrin recalls that his Mars ambitions weren't shared by Armstrong, who thought the US should focus on returning to the moon for longer-duration missions.
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