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Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, says Apollo 8 pilot

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NASA has some beautiful new images of Mars captured by the Insight lander, the robotic arm when it snapped pictures of her new workplace.

One of the first astronauts to orbit the Moon, said on Wednesday that the “stupid” plan manned missions to Mars.

Bill Anders, who was lunar module pilot for NASA’s Apollo 8 mission, told BBC Radio 5 Live that the dispatch of crews to the Red Planet would be “almost ridiculous.”

The AMERICAN space agency, the goals are to sending humans to Mars for research and scientific study.

“What is the need? What drives us to go to Mars?” Otherwise, 85, said, adding: “I don’t think the audience interested.”

Still, the retired astronaut did declare that he is a big supporter of NASA’s unmanned programs Mars — “mainly because they are much cheaper.”

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NASA’s Insight Mars Lander, which reached the Red Planet at the end of November, is to listen for “marsquakes,” has ‘heard’ the Martian winds and beamed back a series of fantastic images.

In a statement, NASA told the BBC that it is ” leading a sustainable return to the Moon, which will help us to send astronauts to Mars.”

“That commercial and international partners to expand human presence in space and bring back new knowledge and opportunities,” the statement said.

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This famous Earthrise photo from Apollo 8. (NASA)

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Although Otherwise was part of the in December 1968, the crew that was the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, to the Moon and back, he has some scathing words for what NASA has become in the decades since that historic trip.

“NASA could not go to the Moon today,” Else told BBC Radio 5 Live. “They are so petrified… NASA has turned into a jobs program… many of the centers are primarily interested in keeping busy and you don’t see the support of the public, other than they get the workers their wages and their congressmen get re-elected.”

Otherwise, former member of the crew, Frank Borman, was also questioned about the space agency.

“I’m not as critical of NASA as Bill is,” Borman told 5 Live. “I am convinced that we need to the exploration of our solar system and I think that the man is part of that.”

Still, when Borman was asked about the plans of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, he said that talking to colonies on Mars is “nonsense.”

Anders and Borman spoke with BBC Radio 5 Live, as part of a special documentary about the 50th anniversary of the historic moon mission.

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