Astronaut Buzz Aldrin rolling out the red carpet for Mars

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Former NASA Astronaut and Apollo 11 pilot Buzz Aldrin testifies on space exploration during the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competiveness hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The second person to walk on the moon is rolling out the red carpet for the red planet.

Buzz Aldrin is hosting a sold-out gala for his nonprofit space education foundation, ShareSpace Foundation, at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday. The event will commemorate the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. He believes people will be able to land on Mars by 2040. That’s a goal that NASA shares.

Aldrin’s foundation says the gala is the first part of a three-year campaign to help fund advancements that will lead to the future habitation of Mars.

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