By Olivia B. Waxman
March 17, 2015

While at @EH_Stonehenge yesterday I decided to send a message to the cosmos. #GYATM (Photo by James O.Davies)

— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) March 16, 2015

On Monday, astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted a photo of himself sporting a Mars-themed t-shirt at Stonehenge—his latest attempt to rally support for the measures needed to establish a manned settlement on the Red Planet.

In the picture, Aldrin, one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon, is standing in front of the prehistoric monument in England wearing a blue t-shirt that says “Get Your A** to Mars,” a play on the logo for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

As he wrote in a Nov.7, 2014, editorial for TIME about his vision for putting a man on Mars and beyond:

“I firmly believe we will establish permanence on that planet. And in reaching for that goal, we can cultivate commercial development of the moon, the asteroid belt, the Red Planet itself and beyond…We need to look forward to countries around the globe following our lead and establishing a rotating permanence on Mars for science and commercial resources.

Some 45 years ago, when Neil Armstrong and I stepped upon the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base, we fulfilled a dream held by humankind for centuries. Yes, it was one small step. Today, more steps are needed.”



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