Bill Anders’ comment came as Nasa prepares new human missions to the Moon. It also wants to learn the skills and develop the technology to enable a future human landing on Mars. Nasa was approached for a response to Anders’ comments, but has not responded. “What’s the imperative? What’s pushing us to go to Mars?” he said, adding “I don’t think the public is that interested”.
Bill Anders, one of the first men to orbit the Moon has that it is “stupid” to plan human missions to Mars. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Anders, lunar module pilot of Apollo 8, the first human spaceflight to leave Earth’s orbit, said sending crews to Mars was “almost ridiculous”.