SXSW has just wrapped up and some of our people were out there, what a magical experience it must have been for them!
One talk that grabbed my attention was Aldrin's and how he used VR to help people understand his vision for going to Mars, through one step at a time.
The main takeaway would be to use the Moon as an intermediate base on our way to Mars, and build most of what we need to travel directly on the surface of the Earth's satellite.
To optimise the time spent on the moon, all rehearsals will be done on Earth, using VR and making sure that when the time comes, all the training will allow for a faster execution once on the Moon.
After trying Aldrin's VR experience for myself, I wanted to know how we can make his vision a reality. To make a long story short, his answer was: baby steps. "First, we have to understand the conditions under which we're going to use something," he said, referring to everything we need to built to get us to Mars and make it safe to live there. "Then we design something and we can see how it works on the ground, and then we can put it in orbit."