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Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin lays out his hopes for colonizing Mars

TechCrunch TechCrunch 11/04/2016 Anthony Ha

When I met with Buzz Aldrin to discuss his new book No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From A Man Who Walked On The Moon, he described himself as possibly “among the luckiest guys.”

After all, his mother was born in 1903, the same year that the Wright brothers made their first flight, and Aldrin himself was born less than three decades later. Yet in the span of his own life he’s seen the beginnings of the America space program, he went to the Moon and today he’s still advocating for the next step — Mars. (In fact, we recently wrote about Destination: Mars, a virtual reality project that Aldrin participated in.)

“I’m playing everything I can to serve my country the best I can,” he told me. “Who are we serving? Generations in the future.”

Much of the current excitement in space travel comes from private companies like SpaceXand Blue Origin, so I also asked Aldrin about how he sees the government and the private sector working together to get us to Mars.

“It’s government competing with the private sector,” he said. Noting that many private sectors efforts are government-subsidized, he added, “The government is going to be strongly involved in going to Mars, but they will be relying more and more on contracting industry and telling them what we want. Then the private sector will be in charge of making it happen. But the prescription will not be, ‘Hey, Elon, go do what you want.'”

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