Bill Anders participated in the Apollo-8 mission, which managed to bring the Moon into orbit, and today believes that sending people to Mars is not worth it.
In recent years, humanity has focused on analyzing the possibilities of a new spatial achievement: the achievements of Mars. Tycoons like Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos insist that this milestone can be reached soon., However, there are contradictions with this idea even among those who already knew the space,
Before a man could walk on the moon on July 16, 1969, it was necessary to prepare all possible scenarios for the success of the Apollo 11 mission. That is why many reconnaissance and analytical missions were made of the possible hazards of landing on a natural satellite.
Among the missions before the mythical landing on the moon was Apollo 8He took off in 1968 and could rotate around the moon for 20 hours, passing 10 laps around it. Subsequently, he returned to Earth as a success and improved the mood for the release of Apollo 11 next year.
Someone will say that anyone who has worked so that Neil Armstrong can go to the Moon would agree to do the same on Mars.However, this does not apply to Apollo 8 crew member William ("Bill") Anders.
Anders said recently in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live that sending people to Mars is a bad idea.He not only criticized the idea of sending to the red planet, but also said that the manned mission would be something “almost ridiculous.”,
The 85-year-old ex-cosmonaut mentioned that he considers himself a "defender of unmanned missions." Their reason is simple: they are noticeably cheaper. In addition, please note that currently there is nothing that motivates them to perform:
What is the imperative? What makes us go to Mars? (…) I don’t think the public is so interested. "
This criticism falls like a flock of cold water at a time when they are aggressively seeking to reach Mars. In the end, the question arises: why is someone who worked to reach the moon, so opposed to achieving the next? Of course, this certainly will not prevent them from making efforts to achieve this goal.
Anders himself knows that he is not very popular with NASA. The reason is that he was always very critical of decisions that were made after the success of Apollo 11. For example, he currently doubts that the agency will again achieve this achievement:
Today, NASA cannot reach the moon. It is too rusty … It has become a program that provides jobs, and many of its departments are hardly interested in being busy. It is evident that the public interest is not so great, except that their employees receive their salaries, and their congressmen are re-elected. ”
In addition, he criticized the program of the space shuttle, the International Space Station, and even the idea of placing colonies on the Moon and Mars.