The late David Bowie was long associated with space travel.The late David Bowie was long associated with space travel.The late David Bowie was long associated with space travel. (Photo: Nils Meilvang/AFP/Getty Images)

Some David Bowie fans want to rename Mars for the beloved singer

But legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin has another idea.

Across the world, fans of the late David Bowie are memorializing the beloved balladeer. But, among the accolades and tributes, one in particular stood out to us.

Thousands of people have signed a Change.org petition to rename Mars after Bowie, and thousands more have signed one to rename the next discovered star after the singer. "Essentially, David Bowie has inspired millions through his art and music particularly spotlighting his fascination with space, the planets and extraterrestrial existence," said Danny Rapscallion of London, who launched the Mars campaign.

Renaming Mars after Bowie is just the latest in a long line of Mars-related news recently.

The once-futuristic idea of man traveling to the Red Planet has now become grounded in reality. In the past few months alone, NASA has unveiled a three-step plan for sending astronauts to Mars, asked for the public's help in designing Mars habitats and created an Iron Man-style robot to send to the planet. To help them with their Mars mission, the U.S. space agency has entered into a partnership with Israel, the same country that hosted an international space conference in October, where Mars was a hot topic.

And the film starring Matt Damon as a man stranded on Mars, forced to grow potatoes for four years while he awaited rescue, was just nominated for an Academy Award.

Buzz Aldrin, the 85-year-old legendary astronaut who was the second person to step foot on the moon, is now advocating for colonizing Mars and hopes to see it happen within his lifetime. Aldrin said that since Bowie was known as Ziggy Stardust, naming a star after him is more appropriate. "Plus, there are a lot of stars to choose from," Aldrin told From The Grapevine.

As for renaming Bowie after Mars, the jury is still out. But the idea isn't as far-fetched as it may first appear. The legendary singer and space indeed go hand-in-hand. He was nicknamed the "Starman" after his 1972 song by the same name, a song that also appeared on the soundtrack to "The Martian." One of his most famous songs is 1969's "Space Oddity," which contains the famous lyrics "Ground Control to Major Tom."

In "Ziggy Stardust," he crooned about "spiders from Mars" which, as it turns out, actually exist. In the British television show "Doctor Who," there is a space station on Mars named "Bowie Base One." And of course, there's his 1971 song "Life on Mars."

Perhaps, a trip to the Red Planet Bowie isn't too far off.

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