Buzz Aldrin: Mars Is Not a Suicide Mission

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July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin explains why he feels those who land on Mars must stay and settle the planet and comments on Elon Musk's SpaceX. He speaks with Trish Regan on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)

Mars.

To do that he wants to be able to perform several launches so that enough equipment and supplies and people can be sent to mars.

The significance of the texas site approval means he is one big step closer to pulling that off.

He cannot talk about the space race without mentioning some of the competition.

Spacex is certainly without competition but they are well on their way, getting closer by the week.

Speaking of space, this sunday marks the 45th anniversary of apollo 11 successfully landing on the moon.

Buzz aldrin was the second man out of the capsule, and now nearly a half-century later he has his sights set on new endeavors, mars.

I spoke with him about the importance of settling the red planet in which of these pioneers are in the best position to really land on mars.

It has seasons.

The day on mars is 24 point five.

The day on the moon is 14 days of sunlight.

It gets very hot.

And in 14 days of darkness tom gets very cold.

There is no atmosphere.

I call it desolate, the most desolate place i had ever seen when i first got on the moon.

Mars is becoming promisingly within reach for larger and larger spacecraft, spacecraft that could carry human beings.

Bringing people back from mars is very difficult.

The first people that land on the surface are the most difficult ones to bring back.

Why are we putting humans on mars?

To build a aggressively expanding settlement.

If we bring people back, here is the key question.

What will we do with those people who have spent a year and a half on mars, that cost the world billions of dollars to put them there.

They were useful while they were there, and we bring them back.

Now, how useful are they to help defray the enormous cost that the world and the united states put into getting them there.

I know people say, it's a suicide mission.

It is not a suicide mission.

We will put them there with every confidence that they will be followed by more and more people.

When you look at all the pioneers in space today, you think of jeff these else, you think of richard branson, elon musk.

Who do you think is really leading the way forward?

Spacex probably, because of elon coming from south africa, having the competitive spirit to make a good bit of money in paypal, and then put that into his dreams.

Elon would like to get involved in selling launches to the air force, but he is being opposed some.

He almost went broke.

He had three failures.

One more, in his words, would have taken him out of the business of rocket launches.

He sort of succeeded on that one, pretty much.

It is a very good rocket at a very good price.

I asked him if he wanted to maybe leave efforts toward mars by allowing people to use his rocket in their project to do a flyby of mars and then combining with another company.

I said i am in touch with very wealthy people, may be in dubai, abu dhabi, and we could have some investment money.

He said no, we don't need any money.

We will do it ourselves.

His spacecraft, the dragon, is capable in a feasibility study of landing on mars in a different way than we have thought we needed with big heat shields and big parachutes.

He has a method of doing that.

My thanks to buzz aldrin.

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