Why wish for Mars when you’ve got the moon, Hawking told Buzz
Buzz Aldrin describes a chat he had with the astrophysicist, and the sage advice the latter gave him
Stephen Hawking persuaded Buzz Aldrin that humans should return to the moon before venturing to Mars.
The Apollo 11 astronaut said the late astrophysicist was convinced that space agencies should be concentrating on getting back to the lunar surface, from where they could plan a new mission further into the Solar System.
Speaking at the Starmus festival in Zurich, where he was presented with the Stephen Hawking Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Aldrin, 89, said: “There was a time when I was in his office in Cambridge and at that time I had been anxious that we should make a continuous orbit between Earth and Mars, and he started tapping out letters with his cheek, the way he did. ..