We all love Buzz Aldrin for his commitment to do anything to promote space exploration. The second man on the moon did the "moonwalk" for Dancing With the Stars back in 2010. He's authored multiple books, with the spry 86-year-old focusing on Mars in two recent missives (Mission to Mars and Welcome to Mars).
And now he's walked on Mars. Virtually, of course.
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Aldrin is a part of a new exhibit at NASA's Kennedy Space Center called, appropriately enough, "Destination: Mars." As a holograph, NASA felt he would help bring the barren landscape alive as he described his red-tinged surroundings. And it's finally a chance for the public to get a glimpse of the new virtual reality software the agency is using to explore the Red Planet.
"Buzz Aldrin has made it a focus of his life in recent years to promote exploration in general and specifically to Mars," said Jeff Norris, mission operations innovation lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, in an interview with Discovery News.
"We, on the other hand, were addressing a challenge (with the exhibit), which is Mars is awfully empty and we wanted there to be a guide to this experience," he added. "People felt they should have a person who could explain to them and capture some of the facts of the environment, the emotions of this experience of exploring Mars."
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