Apollo 8 Astronaut: Sending Astronauts To Mars Would Be Ridiculous

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Apollo 8 Astronaut: Sending Astronauts To Mars Would Be Ridiculous
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NASA has long been exploring other worlds with the goal of eventually sending astronauts back to the moon and even to Mars for the first time. However, Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders told BBC Radio 5 Live that sending astronauts to Mars is “almost ridiculous.”

Anders was the lunar module pilot on NASA’s Apollo 8 mission and one of the first astronauts to orbit the moon. On Wednesday in the interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, he also said sending manned mission to Mars would be “stupid.”

It’s no secret that NASA has been working on new technologies capable of sending astronauts to Mars on an expedition. The U.S. space agency is even planning its first mission to the Red Planet, which is slated for some time in the2030s. However, the Apollo 8 astronaut doesn’t think the general public is interested in such a revolutionary trip.