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Buzz Aldrin outlined his plans for sending a human to Mars in a recent interview with Newt Gingrich, who filmed the discussion with Google Glass.
Four decades after his historical walk on the moon, Aldrin is back in the news after releasing his book Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, a lofty plan to get humans to Mars by 2035.
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“Mars is the most sustainable for human permanence, other than the Earth,” Aldrin told Gingrich.
Then why doesn’t the Apollo 11 astronaut favor an outpost on the moon instead? “Ehh, it gets pretty hot — 14 days of daylight, 14 days of darkness,” Aldrin added.
Aldrin breaks down his Mars plan into three essential steps. “Three visits of a year and a half apiece of three astronauts, and we bring them back on the first one. Send another three. Bring them back after a year and a half. Send a third group there — they don’t come back,” he said. “They’ve got a lander, so they’re going to wait a little longer until everything is finished — maybe six years, maybe seven years.”
Since getting Google Glass, Gingrich has uploaded two videos to his YouTube account filmed with his new gadget. The first was last week’s tour of the Peoria Zoo in Illinois.
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Snowden Granted Asylum in Russia
Russia granted asylyum to Snowden for one year. Meanwhile, he has just leaked another story about the NSA!
The Russian government has granted Edward Snowden asylum for one year.
Snowden, who has been holed up in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23, departed on Thursday with WikiLeaks’s legal adviser Sarah Harrison and moved to an undisclosed location.
Snowden requested asylum in 21 countries and applied for a temporary protection visa with Russia’s ministry of immigration on July 16.
While Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia had expressed willingness to accept him, the United States pressured countries to deny him refuge.
Snowden and his legal team withdrew his initial application for asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin stipulated that he had to stop leaking United States’ secrets before the country would grant his request.
While this has put a strain on the already difficult U.S.-Russia relationship, President Obama is still scheduled to visit Moscow before the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg next month.
Image: Getty, John MacDougall
Drunk, Underage Intern Losses Shoes while Stalking Paul Ryan
Briefly: An underage congressional intern rolled into work two hours late this morning, “absolutely hammered,” “reeking of booze,” and vigorously declaring his love for failed vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan — standard Mitt Romney stuff. After checking in with his supervisors, the intern abruptly ran out of his office to get a jumpstart on stalking Congressman Ryan, left his shoe on the ground to hold his place in a line that didn’t exist, and hobbled into a nearby cafeteria to score a breakfast burrito. (He also had a plan for meeting and seducing an unknown hottie in the interim that didn’t pan out for him.) When he returned to collect his shoe, it was gone.