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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Aldrin Touts Mars Moon Phobos to President

Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk the surface of the Earth's Moon, is touting one of the two small moons of Mars named Phobos as the key to solar system exploration to President Obama during the presidential space conference held last Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center.

Aldrin said he wanted to see "permanence on Mars within 15 years," and that Mars' moon Phobos may be the best spot for a permanent settlement. "This moon is the key to permanence of human beings from Earth on another planet in the solar system," said the globally well-known former Apollo 11 astronaut.

The Russian space agency is finalizing a revised launch campaign to the Martian moon Phobos for next year (Russian video) known as Phobos-Grunt. The mission is designed to soft land a probe to gather soil from the moon's surface and subsequently return the sample to Earth scientists.

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