06/01/2013 11:48 am ET

Buzz Aldrin: Astronaut Developing TV Series Based On Sci-Fi Novel


Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin may be 83 years old, but his work is far from done.

According to Buzzfeed, Aldrin, the second man to walk the moon, is adapting his 1996 sci-fi novel "Encounter With The Tiber" for TV.

“I believe that it will be better than 'Star Trek' or 'Star Wars' because it is more realistic, it deals with real kind of beings a long time ago that had realistic travel capabilities and they weren’t shooting people up or anything," he said. “It is genuine progression of exploration to the point where we are now, in our thinking.

And [in the story] we think about getting that new information that the fictitious aliens left that we found and gave us the knowledge to travel from our sun to nearby stars… I think what we are doing will progressively be a lot more realistic,” Aldrin explained of the show, which is still in the early stages of development.

This will hardly be Aldrin's first brush with the entertainment world. In recent years he's had cameos on "30 Rock" and appeared on "Dancing With The Stars," and doesn't mind offering up his critiques of modern-day space based TV shows and movies.

Last month, he said Will Smith's "After Earth" was unrealistic.

"There was a lot of noise. In space, you don't get that much noise," he said after attending the film's New York premiere. "Noise doesn't propagate in a vacuum. We talked over headsets."

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