Bill anders, former astronaut and pilot of the Apollo 8 NASA lunar module; who completed the first mission, which revolved around the moon, He thinks it is “silly” and “almost ridiculous” to plan human missions to Mars.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Anders said that he was a “big supporter” of unmanned space programs, “mainly because they are much cheaper.” He said that government support is simply not enough to finance much more expensive human missions. “What is an imperative? What makes us go to Mars? ", – he said, adding:" I do not think that the public is so interested. "
However, your crew member, Frank Borman, commander of Apollo 8, it reached a slightly more optimistic tone.
“I'm not as critical of Nas as Bill,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. I firmly believe that we need a thorough study of our solar system, and I believe that man is a part of this, ”Bormann added.
At the moment, NASA has deployed two rovers on the surface of marsnamely Opportunity and Curiositythat send signals to Earth. His most recent exploration on Mars is the landing on November 26 of the InSight spacecraft, which is designed to study the depths of the interior of the red planet.