Buzz Aldrin would be 89 if he were part of a wished-for launch to Mars on July 20, 2019 – the 50th anniversary of his moon landing.

But even if he doesn’t become one of the first humans to walk on the red planet in (he hopes) in 2021, he wants to see it done.

“I don’t want to be remembered for just kicking Moon dust,” says Aldrin, who followed Neil Armstrong onto the moon in Apollo 11.

“The moon landing was a monumental achievement for humanity, but there’s no greater mission than mankind’s journey to Mars,” Aldrin told USA Today ahead of a Tuesday presentation at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

“Aldrin previewed a 10-minute VR film in which his 3-D hologram takes viewers on a tour of the Moon and Mars. The visually stunning 10-minute film was created by holographic technology company 8i,” USA Today said.

“The film is an important tool in the selling of a three decade dream from Aldrin … [who] envisions a sustainable settlement on Mars in which 18 people are shuttled to the planet every two years, culminating in a colony of 150.”

USA Today noted that Elon Musk’s SpaceX last year announced its Interplanetary Transport System to carry 100 people per flight to Mars and establish a self-sustaining colony in the next 50 to 100 years.

“Blue Origin, the space venture created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is also shooting for Mars, the moon and other deep-space destinations.” the paper added.

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