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Buzz Aldrin sends message to Mars from Stonehenge

Buzz Aldrin at Stonehenge, Wiltshire Image copyright James O. Davies, English Heritage.
Image caption English Heritage said a number of people had questioned whether the image had been doctored

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, has sent a "message to the Red Planet" from Stonehenge.

The 85-year-old donned a T-shirt urging travel to Mars as he was snapped striking a Superman pose in front of the pre-historic monument.

Following his Wiltshire visit, he tweeted: "While at Stonehenge I decided to send a message to the cosmos."

The veteran astronaut has called for renewed efforts to not only send a manned mission to Mars but colonize it.

Jessica Trethowan, from English Heritage, said there had been several enquiries about whether the image was real.

Image copyright James O. Davies, English Heritage.
Image caption Buzz Aldrin was the second man to set foot on the surface of the moon, after Neil Armstrong, in July 1969

"Someone asked if it had been Photoshopped, but it is real," she said.

"It was a private visit for him and his family. We were told about it a week or so ago and everyone was very excited about meeting him."

After a tour of the ancient site, the charity said Aldrin had asked "where we hide the aliens".

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