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Buzz Aldrin wants to take you to Mars in virtual reality

Buzz Aldrin wants to take you to Mars in virtual reality

Ambitious as the plan may be, it is one that others are pursuing. It debuted at Austin's South by Southwest music and film festival.

Aldrin has always been pushing for us to make the trip in the near future and worked with NASA on a Mars HoloLens experience a year ago. Aldrin specifically said he hopes that colonizing Mars can become a national objective.

Buzz Aldrin's already been to the moon. Aldrin would like to see the first crewed transport head to Mars in 2021.

As for journeying to Mars himself?

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Over the next 16 years, NASA will prepare for the mission with the intention of placing a man on Mars in 2033. Aldrin's stature "definitely" gives him a power to inspire enthusiasm that others lack, writes Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a professor at Washington State University's School of the Environment, in an email to the Monitor. 8i Cofounder, Linc Gasking, and LIFE VR Managing Editor, Mia Tramz, will also discuss the project in a SXSW panel on holograms and the future of virtual and augmented reality, today at 2 p.m. (CT).

"The opportunity to get up close and personal with a walk on Mars is so exciting", said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in a press release. We provide the easiest way to create, use and experience human holograms that look real, and can be viewed from any angle, on any device for virtual, augmented or mixed reality.

That exhibit closed on January 1, but Aldrin's new virtual reality experience can continue to bring the possibilities of Mars to a broader audience.

The immersive tool provides a "great experience of nearly being there ... and that's going to be wonderful for expressing a number of ideas", Aldrin told CNBC in an interview at South by Southwest. "That was the case on all Apollo flights", Aldrin says.

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Moreover, the astronaut's vision aims not only at visiting the Red Planet but staying on it. Aldrin proposes a project that launches 18 people to Mars every two years until 150 settlers make up the first human colony ever in outer space.

"The missing ingredient is the money and political will". Aldrin said he has been in touch with both Bezos and SpaceX founder Elon Musk "quite a bit recently", and said he and son are part of a study being done "to implement Elon Musk's plan to go to Mars".

Professor Davies, however, is uncertain of the merits of this approach.

"Our goal with LIFE VR was not only to bring Time Inc's storytelling to a brand new medium, but to also push boundaries and be pioneering within this medium", said Mia Tramz, Managing Editor of LIFE VR.

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