I've always been fascinated by Space and the possibilities of exploring and learning about what is out there. So it is rather appropriate that I should choose to write on a day that is none other than the birthday of Buzz Adlrin, the second man to walk on the moon. He happens to be in Scotland today and whilst we are not likely to cross paths, I am intrigued by the stories of a man who has been to the moon and back.
I particularly admire the inspiration, the hope and the possibilities in Buzz's words to the next generation, so I'm going to dedicate this space to both the man and his mission:
Your parents may have told you “the world is yours” and I’m here to tell you they’re right. I want to take it even one step further and let you know that “the worlds are yours” as well!
When we look up at the sky, especially at night, we can see thousands of stars and planets. Every day, scientists and mathematicians and everyone in the Space Program are doing their homework and getting closer and closer to reaching these heavenly bodies.
When I was a boy, I wasn’t the only kid on the block who looked up at the stars and dreamt about going to the moon or other planets. I read science fiction books about it. But no one had ever gone up there before, so we used our imagination and dreams and figured out ways to make those dreams come true.
Your Mom and Dad, grandparents and great-grandparents, created a lot of terrific machines, from airplanes to rocket ships and space shuttles to land rovers. They worked smart and accomplished fantastic things that people had only ever dreamt of—from flying in the sky to blasting off of the Earth into outer space and, eventually, walking on the Moon.
I should know; I was one of the first two people to set foot on the Moon with my friend, and commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong. The most important thing about everything we’ve done is to get you off to a great start on your mission.
You are the future. And I’m your number one fan!
You are going to achieve super things that are out of this world and that no one else has done before and go to places that no one has ever gone. Earth isn’t the only world for us any more.
It’s up to you to take the first steps on Mars and other worlds, to discover and explore. A good friend of mine, Buzz Lightyear, best describes where you’ll go: “To Infinity and Beyond!”
Are you up for the mission? Will you be one of the first people to walk on Mars? You could even be among the first human settlers to colonize Mars!
But don’t stop there! You can go further on to Venus, Saturn’s rings or Jupiter’s moons—farther than your eyes can see and as far as your mind can dream.
Reach for the Stars!
With such inspirational words, just imagine.