Former NASA astronaut says sending people to Mars almost ridiculous

Former NASA astronaut says sending people to Mars

Former NASA astronaut says sending people to Mars

The Andres notes that for interplanetary missions humanity has enough technology and no value in sending humans to Mars.

According to one of the astronauts aboard NASA's 1968 Apollo 8 mission, it would be "stupid" and "almost ridiculous" to pursue a crewed mission to Mars.

"I'm not as critical of NASA as Bill is". The U.S. space agency is even planning its first mission to the Red Planet, which is slated for some time in the2030s.

He questioned the intention of pushing crewed missions to Mars as he said that public is not very keen on those as robotic probes are doing a good job. "I don't think the public is that interested", he said.

NASA's InSight Mars Lander, which reached the Red Planet in late November, has been listening for "marsquakes," has "heard" Martian winds and has beamed back a range of awesome images. The spacecraft was created to listen for "marsquakes", and it successfully placed its seismometer on the planet's surface this month.

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NASA is ambitious about returning to the moon first before embarking on a trip to Mars.

Bill Anders, who is also one of the most accomplished space explorers in human history, is speaking for an entire section of the population who thinks that the USA space agency should rather focus on low-cost, uncrewed missions, such as the InSight one which recently landed on Mars, than on potentially-dangerous human-crewed missions. NASA stated that its commercial and global partners are keen to expand presence of humans in space to bring back new knowledge and opportunities.

In a new interview with BBC, former NASA astronaut and Apollo 8 lunar module pilot Bill Anders weighed in on the push to get mankind to Mars, and he's not exactly thrilled with the whole thing. He also said that NASA has changed in the decades since their voyage.

Anders and Borman spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live as part of a special documentary on the 50th anniversary of the historic lunar mission.

However, his fellow crewmate Frank Borman, the commander of Apollo 8, struck a slightly more optimistic tone. He said the public support simply isn't there to fund vastly more expensive human missions. "I firmly believe that we need robust exploration of our Solar System and I think man is part of that".

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