Buzz Aldrin says the UAE's Mars mission is 'ambitious'

The American astronaut was in Dubai to encourage students to pursue their own dreams
Buzz Aldrin says the UAE's Mars mission is 'ambitious'
American astronaut Buzz Aldrin
By Courtney Trenwith
Sun 09 Aug 2015 02:44 PM

American astronaut Buzz Aldrin had his sights set on space well before he become one of the first men to land on the moon in 1969.

Now he is travelling the world, including to Dubai, to encourage children to also look towards the stars for inspiration.

“No dream is too high for those with their eyes in the sky,” he says during an interview in Dubai.

The words were echoed by Captain Judy A. Rice, who founded the charity Think Global Flight and is on a mission to teach thousands of students to follow their ultimate dream.

“Of all people who have worked to reach a dream, we have no better example than Buzz Aldrin,” Captain Judy said.

The pair are co-piloting a round-the-world flight aimed at educating 20,000 students in 35 countries about aviation, science, technology and engineering.

Captain Judy was inspired to create the foundation after waiting until she was 40 years old to achieve her dream of getting a pilot’s licence.

A trained teacher, she then tied together her two passions – teaching and flying – and taught others to fly, before starting the charity with the support of luminaries such as Clint Eastwood.

During their Dubai stopover, Aldrin also lauded the UAE’s own ambitious achievements and one of its latest bold dreams, to reach Mars. The country announced its new national space agency and Mars mission earlier this year.

However, Aldrin said the Mars mission could prove too difficult.

“Mars is not an easy place to go to,” he said.

“Many nations have tried. Russia failed abysmally and [the US] has failed several times. It’s very ambitious.”

He suggested aiming for the moon of Mars as a more easily achievable first step.

He said the Mars moon mission key to landing on Mars as.

“Nobody’s done that but it’s easy to do,” he added.

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