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In May, astronaut Buzz Aldrin wrote a Washington Post op-ed piece that requires a "great migration" of humanity to Mars – but not before "a sustainable international return to The Moon. "
We now know who was responsible for convincing Aldrin that the moon's colonization was to anticipate any similar plans for the Red Planet: late astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
On June 24, Aldrin received the first Stephen Hawking Medal for Lifetime Achievement at the Starmus Festival in Zurich. During the event, the astronaut told a meeting with Hawking at the scientist's Cambridge office.
"At that time I had been eager for us to make a continuous circuit between Earth and Mars," said Aldrin according to Telegraph "and he began to extract letters with his cheek, so as he did … finally he said in the computerized voice of his, "colonize the Moon first". "
] The meeting with Hawking drew a turning point in Aldrin's thinking about humanity's off-world plans.
"[S] In that time, I realized that there are so many things to do before we send people to Mars," Aldrin Starmus festival told the audience, "and the moon is definitely the best place to do it. "
READ MORE: Buzz Aldrin: Stephen Hawking persuaded me to go back to the moon before Mars [ The Telegraph ]
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