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Buzz Aldrin quotes

The beauty of Hawaii probably surpasses other places. I like the Big Island and the two mountains, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, where you can look out at the stars.

The purpose of going to Mars is for humans to first begin to occupy, permanently, another planet in the solar system. The astronauts or pilgrims, whatever you might call them, are going to be very historically unique human beings.

To send humans back to the moon would not be advancing. It would be more than 50 years after the first moon landing when we got there, and we'd probably be welcomed by the Chinese. But we should return to the moon without astronauts and build, with robots, an international lunar base, so that we know how to build a base on Mars robotically.

What are you going to do with astronauts who first reach the surface of Mars and then turn around and rocket back home-ward? What are they going to do, write their memoirs? Would they go again? Having them repeat the voyage, in my view, is dim-witted. Why don't they stay there on Mars?

I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime.

Being first outside the spacecraft would bring much more responsibility, and I really wasn't looking for that.

Going to Mars would evolve humankind into a two-planet species.

I didn't start skiing until I was 50. My wife Lois taught me how to ski. I'm proficiently conservative.

I'm in favor of changing the destination of humans. There are a lot of manned missions that can be done, but not in the direction of the moon.

It's real easy to manufacture what you think the people want to hear. But that's not very honest.

Mars is far more attractive as an outpost colony for earthlings than the moon is.

Mars is there, waiting to be reached.

Monumental achievements by humanity should be done by major organizations as much together as possible.

The best way to study Mars is with two hands, eyes and ears of a geologist, first at a moon orbiting Mars... and then on the surface.

The biggest benefit of Apollo was the inspiration it gave to a growing generation to get into science and aerospace.

The guys who walk on Mars are going to be historic.

There's a historical milestone in the fact that our Apollo 11 landing on the moon took place a mere 66 years after the Wright Brothers' first flight.

Walking around on the moon was significantly easier than we'd thought it would be. There weren't any balance problems, so you weren't tumbling over.

All the Chinese have to do is fly around the Moon and back, and they'll appear to have won the return to the Moon with humans. They could put one person on the surface of the Moon for one day and he'd be a national hero.

Fighter pilots have ice in their veins. They don't have emotions. They think, anticipate. They know that fear and other concerns cloud your mind from what's going on and what you should be involved in.