Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 17, 2009
The second man to set foot on the moon, former US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, urged Brazil to start investing in manned space flights if it doesn't want to miss out on their huge economic potential.
It would be an "unforgivable mistake" if a country in full development like Brazil failed to plan for its future in space, Aldrin, 69 told Globo.com in a telephone interview Tuesday shortly after arriving here for a visit with his wife.
Aldrin said human space flight holds enormous potential, and Brazil should put its money into beneficial ventures such as monitoring its jungles and climate from space.
The former astronaut has been invited to attend a commemoration of his visit to the moon aboard Apollo 11 40 years ago in Campos de Goytacazes, in northern part of Rio de Janeiro state.
During his visit, Aldrin was accompanied by Marcos Pontes, who became Brazil's first astronaut in 2006 during a joint US-Russian space mission.
Aldrin also said the orbiting International Space Station should increasingly serve as a technology cooperation platform with developing countries like Brazil and South Korea.
He criticized US plans to send people again to the moon, saying "we've already done that."
On July 20, 1969, Aldrin became the second human being to set foot on the moon after Neil Armstrong.
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