Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has pushed for humanity to expand its presence in space, making Mars habitable for mankind. But for a planet whose atmosphere is almost entirely made up of carbon dioxide, how will humans do something as simple as breathe, much less live? Speaking with Fox News, Aldrin said there may be feasibility to ideas put forth by tech luminaries such as Elon Musk (a friend of Aldrin’s), including detonating nuclear weapons as a way to ‘terraform’ the Red Planet or transforming Mars so it can support human life. “Well, he’s not the only one who’s pioneered ideas like that,” Aldrin said in an interview with Fox News. “He’s a little more flowery with things he does, but there’s also Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, the latter of whom I have great admiration for and the slow steady way he’s limiting himself to lunar industry that will then enable the same for thousands and millions of people.” The 88-year-old Aldrin went on to say that much of humanity knows we need to get to space to survive, even if the cost for expansion into space is currently, pun intended, astronomical. “There’s this thing up there called the moon, and it’s caught our fancy,” the former astronaut and Command Pilot in the United States Air Force said. “And it’s time to begin to exercise what we’ve learned in a way that we can do at the moon, and share the cost – very important. The U.S. can’t pay for all of this, we’ve got to share the costs and share the benefits so that we directly contribute to just what we are able to do.” He continued: “And its gonna be much greater than two guys for one day, there months later, something like that. We’re gonna occupy the moon, and we’re going to think about occupying but, I think we’re going to settle Mars.”
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