Stepping Stones to Mars: the Space Science of Buzz Aldrin

By Michael Lee

There is much talk these days in the media about a manned mission to Mars happening sometime soon in the 2020s. Elon Musk, South African born founder of SpaceX, is planning to send humans to the red planet early in the next decade. In the 2015 science fiction movie The Martian, Matt Damon played an astronaut who was abandoned on Mars after he was mistakenly presumed to be dead.

But don’t save up for the long trip into the Solar System just yet. It won’t be a movie! And you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to be a human guinea pig on board Elon Musk’s spaceship to Mars. At least when the Titanic sank there were some survivors…

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