Legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin this week praised “all people” in NASA And the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the successful landing of the Perseverance vehicle on a surface Mars.
Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, after Neil Armstrong, during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, shared his observations during a telephone interview on Fox News. Cafuto Live.
The New Jersey Citizen, who turned 91 in January, has been an advocate of the US space program’s efforts to explore Mars, the next planet after Earth in the direction away from the sun.
Fox host Neil Cafuto began the clip by sharing the latest video images from Mars captured by Perseverance, the fifth rover that NASA has sent to the planet and the ninth total landing there for NASA, according to the Associated Press.
“I think it’s a great tribute to all of the people at NASA, led by Jim Bridenstein and all the other people, especially those in the JPL control room.”
Bridenstein, the NASA administrator appointed by former President Donald Trump, left the agency on January 20, when President Biden took office.
Cafuto later asked Aldrin to estimate the year when humans would be able to reach the surface of Mars.
Aldrin replied: “About 10, 20 years ago, my estimate was around 2030, 2033, and that was older than most other people expected.”
He continued, “We have to do a large number of things in Artemis, our manned program to the Moon …”. “So you will take the first one on the moon and then the audience will be ready to see the next, which will be an advanced improvement for the manned missions.”
Other planned missions to Mars include the landing of a smaller spacecraft from China, scheduled for late spring, and a spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates that went into Mars orbit last week, the Associated Press reported.
Aldrin was previously in the news in January when he was He received his first coronavirus vaccineJust days before his 91st birthday.
Aldrin wrote on Twitter: “I urge everyone to register for a vaccine as soon as possible when they are eligible, so that life returns to normal soon.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.