Buzz Aldrin visited Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in November as the guest of “National Geographic Live”.
Mars is no longer Science fiction.… it’s now science fact (Ron Howard)
Jason Crusan, Dr Katherine Mack, Prof Mark McCaughrean, Ray Martin and Buzz prior to the Canberra performance 7th November 2016.
During the evening:
- Ray Martin interviewed Buzz Aldrin live on stage.
- Buzz was joined by Astrophysicist Katherine Mack (Research Fellow, Astrophysics Group, University of Melbourne), Jason Crusan (Director, Advanced Space Exploration, NASA) and Professor Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor, European Space Agency, who all discuss the methods, threats and opportunities for humankind going to Mars.
- I introduced National Geographic channel’s new television series ‘MARS’, directed by Ron Howard that premieres worldwide on 15 November 2016.
Knowledge, experience, teamwork, risk, decision-making & crisis management. These were some of the skills employed by the pilots and crew on board Flight QF32. They are also the Elements of Resilience for every person who faces high-risk unknowns.
Buzz said, “It’s easy to see further when you are standing on the shoulders of giants”, referring to the 400,000 people in the Apollo program who worked over 12 years with a budget of $104b to put 12 men on the moon. Apollo was a 60s dream. It was the greatest show for Earth.
Forty seven years after Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed the lunar module Eagle on the moon, it’s now time to continue the journey to Mars on our intrepid pathway to the stars.
Every effort, every possible endeavour, is in place for humankind’s mission to MARS, boldly taking humanity again where no one has gone before, featuring the best disrupters of our time: NASA, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
The risk and dangers are great, but so too are the rewards, to:
- discover new worlds, to
- push STEM to its limits, and then beyond, and to
- mitigate existential risks.
Ron Howard, the Series Producer said it best: “Mars is no longer Science fiction.… it’s now science fact”
- Space exploration requires new technologies that help planet Earth
- Australia should build a space agency as soon as possible.
- Children born after 2000 will crew the first mission to Mars.
- Children should develop STEM skills so that they can join the space industry. The Arts are also a vital part of STEM, translating the complex to the masses.