Exastronaut Bill Anders, Apollo 8 month pilot module NASA, the first mission to orbit us satellite, he thought that "stupid"and" almost ridiculous "planning a human mission for Mars
Speaking to radio Anders BBC, 85, said he was a "big supporter" of "eminent" unmanned program, "especially because the price is much cheaper". But he said that public support was not enough to finance a much more expensive human mission. "What's important? What drives us to go to Mars?"He said, adding:" I don't think the public is so interested. "
In December 1968, Anders, along with his crewmates Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, taking off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on the Saturn V, before completing ten orbits around the Moon. Ship's crew Apollo 8 happen 20 hours in orbit, before returning to Earth on December 27.
Anders was very critical of the evolution of NASA since the conquest of the month. "That NASA I can't reach the moon today. They are so hard … NASA has become a work program … many centers are interested, especially to keep busy. "
Anders also criticized the decision to focus on near-Earth exploration after orbit finished the Apollo program this decade 1970. "I think the space shuttle was a big mistake, he almost did nothing but an attractive launch, but he never kept his promise," he said.
"The space station is only there because you have a ferry, and vice versa. NASA he has completely mismanaged a manned program since the landing in the last month, "he said.
Your former teammate Frank Borman, who led the Apollo 8 mission and also spent two weeks in Earth orbit during the Gemini program, a little more optimistic. "I'm not too critical of NASA like Bill, "he said." I am very confident that we need an exploration of our strong solar system and I believe that humans are part of it. "
But when asked about Space X founder Elon Musk and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's plan to launch a personal mission to Mars, Borman gave less praise. "I think there's a lot of exaggeration about Mars that doesn't make sense. Musk and Bezos, they talk about putting colonies on Mars, that's bullshit. "