The second man to set foot on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, revealed grand plans of setting up a human colony by the 2030s, reported news.com.au on Sunday.
Aldrin, who had undertaken the remarkable 1969 voyage to Moon in Apollo 11 along with Neil Armstrong said, "We need the next generation to be our Mars generation. I'm very passionate about getting man to Mars and starting a colony there. I've outlined my plan of how to get us there in my new book, Mission to Mars coming out by National Geographic in May of this year."
As for his grand plans, Aldrin wants to inspire the next generation. "We need more kids to be adventurous and curious about what's out there," he said.
Aldrin, all geared up for his space adventure, would also launch a competition which would allow one lucky Australian to make it to space in the Lynx spacecraft.
"Aspiring space cadets will also be judged on their bravery, enthusiasm and team work with performance counting for everything with the top Australian candidate securing a place on board the spacecraft for the mission into space," he said.
Reminiscing the cherished memory of landing on the moon and his friendship with Neil Armstrong, Aldrin said, "We were certainly friends having trained together for several year and of course a bond forms from experiencing such a historical event together. We felt, and still feel that bond with our other Apollo 11 crew mate, Michael Collins. Even though he didn't get a chance to walk on the moon he was an extremely important member of our crew. He orbited the moon waiting for us to rendezvous with his spacecraft. Without him we couldn't have come home."