Member of the mission Apollo-8 "manned flight to Mars - it's a stupid idea"

Mankind has long been dreaming about making a personal visit to the Red Planet. To this end, a large-scale training and already planned and modeled different options on how to do it. However, this enthusiasm is not shared by all. For example, Bill Anders, one of the first people who took part in missions to the Moon, the BBC said that sending crews to Mars - a "ridiculous and it's a stupid idea."

Member of the mission Apollo-8

Bill Anders (full name William Alison Anders) in the crew of "Apollo-8", which also included the astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, was launched from Cape Canaveral on December 21, 1968. It was the first manned launch a three-stage rocket "Saturn 5". Flight to the Moon was a little more than 66 hours. Out on the lunar orbit, the ship made 10 flying around the Earth's satellite, then went back. At that time, it was the farthest place in the cosmos, which could reach humanity. This record was broken only when landing on the moon "Apollo 11".

Now former astronaut pretty cool speaks about how NASA developed after the promise of President John F. Kennedy to land a man on the moon.

"Today NASA would not be able to get to the moon. They are very ossified ... NASA's turned into a job program ... in addition, they receive a salary, and their Congressmen re-elected. "

Anders also critical of the decision to focus on the study of near-Earth orbit after the "Apollo" program in 70 years and considers the program Space Shuttle "serious mistake." Talking to the BBC reporters, Mr. Anders said that sending crews to Mars - is "simply ridiculous". In this case, one of the first people who traveled far from Earth is not to say that we should not seek to know the next planet. We're just moving in the wrong direction. Mr. Anders believes that we need to first create the necessary technology to enable a person in the future to land on Mars, but to study the planet as long as possible without personal presence.

"What pushes us to fly to Mars? I do not think the public has a strong interest in this. Meanwhile, robotic probes quite successfully exploring Mars. "

Bill, by his own admission, is a big fan unmanned programs, because they are, quote, "a lot cheaper." He believes that, in contrast to the "Apollo" program, now simply no such level of support in order to fund more expensive mission with the participation of the people.

Not disregarded Bill Anders ambitious Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos of Mars colonization, saying that "a disproportionate amount of hype" about these plans and ideas themselves described as "nonsense", again referring to the absence of the necessary technologies.

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