There is one living member of the Apollo 11 team that walked on the Moon: Buzz Aldrin. As the last living moonwalker from this first expedition to the Moon, his words and wisdom have become all the more precious. In Mission to Mars, Aldrin lays out his goals for the space program and how he believes we can get humans to Mars, a vision shared by Obama and one that relies on international partnership.
In Mission to Mars, Buzz makes the case and argues passionately for pushing our boundaries of knowledge and exploration of our solar system and presents his "unified space vision." Aldrin discusses the history of space flight, including a reflective, not nostalgic, look at the people, technologies and steps that were taken to accomplish the Moon landing, and plots future exploration. He says "Do not put NASA astronauts on the Moon. They have other places to go." And emphasizes that the path forward is not a competition; we cannot restart an engine to rerun a race we previously won. This is a controversial notion that causes significant division among astronauts. He also argues another controversial point - that collaboration with international partners will be key, including China, Russia and India.