First Buzz Aldrin Space Institute workshop takes on Mars mission

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 4:02 PM EST

Space experts at the Florida Institute of Technology are putting their heads together to talk about man's greatest upcoming journey: a trip to Mars.

On Tuesday, the first workshop of the newly formed Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at Florida Tech met near the campus to talk about the effects of long-term space travel on humans, developing better spacecraft and how to develop a Martian colony.

Aldrin is the second man to walk on the moon and is now a faculty member at Florida Tech in Brevard County.

His son, Dr. Andy Aldrin, is the director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute.

“This university is about space, so I think what we're doing here I hope is going to help increase the capabilities and make Florida Tech an even more important national and global player in space exploration,” Andy Aldrin said.

Florida Tech was founded in 1958, the same year as NASA.

The space agency is working to launch a mission to Mars in the early 2030s.