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US astronaut to address Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Buzz Aldrin to provide industry leaders ith insight into his vision for space exploration, mission to Mars legacy and his views on the latest developments in aerospace and space technology.

Dr Buzz Aldrin, world-famous American astronaut and one of the first men to walk on the moon, will be attending the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi as one of the key speakers this year.

He will address the gathering on the second day of the summit on April 8, providing industry leaders with insight into his vision for space exploration, mission to Mars legacy and his views on the latest developments in aerospace and space technology.

Aldrin is known globally as an advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries for space technology and advancement. A pioneering astronaut, Aldrin set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11 on July 21, 1969. He is famous for his work as an aerospace engineer, who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings.

As part of his involvement at the Global Aerospace Summit, Aldrin will be explaining his vision for the future, and the path that he proposes for humans to travel to Mars by 2030s.

"I see the larger advances in humanity here on planet earth will come when decisions are made to move earthlings from one planet, where we've evolved for thousands and thousands of years, to the enormously historic beginning of a settlement and the colonisation of another planet," Aldrin explained. "It is a big objective, but I would wish to see the nations collaborate and make a commitment within a definite time period of leading an international permanence on Mars."

Aldrin will also explain in his address at the summit the importance of international cooperation, encouraging the global community towards new and permanent human exploration and settlement of space. Aldrin believes that with the right partnerships, constancy of purpose, policy consistency and the continuation of robotic mission to Mars throughout the 2020s, successful human mission to Mars can be achieved.

"The United States should be helping to motivate the national efforts of other countries in space activity, bringing together our resources with other countries, and using our knowledge to help further their goals and achievements. By carefully providing assistance, without consuming all our space activities, we can develop the stepping stones that will lead us to advancements in space exploration," added Aldrin. Buzz is also a strong supporter to the private sector's involvement into space missions. He believes that it is a step forward to commercialise access to space, for both civil space and for the emerging space tourism business.

The Global Aerospace Summit will run from April 7 to 8 at the St. Regis Hotel, Sdiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. It will focus on the challenges of driving industrialisation and growth across aviation, aerospace, defence and space.

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Date:Mar 26, 2014
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