Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins says NASA should “shoot directly for Mars”

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Ever since the beginning of its existence, humanity dreamed about flying, about reaching the stars and seeing what is out there, but only 50 years ago, after decades of preparations, mankind set foot on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, a truly spectacular event and an engineering triumph.

After a total of 6 Moon landings that were part of NASA’s Apollo program, the interest in another Moon landing started to go down, until recently.

Back at it again

The United States set a goal to send another crew back on the Moon by 2024. The crew is meant to contain the first-ever woman who will walk on the Moon, who is supposed to set foot on the Moon’s South Pole, alongside her colleagues.

A secondary goal of the United States is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.

Michael Collins, one of the three astronauts who were part of Apollo 11 says that he believes that NASA should be focusing its aim on Mars: “The current plan has been well thought out, but I disagree with it, we should shoot directly for Mars”

Living history

Collins is very thankful to president John F. Kennedy’s support to the project, as he famously vowed back in 1961 that America would land a man on the Moon before 1970.

The astronaut also spoke of how J.F. Kennedy was a wonderful guide for them in the Apollo venture and the way he made people believe in the mission’s goal: “400,000 Americans, would you believe, at the time, working on that program – Kennedy’s voice expedited that whole thing.”

Celebration

The 20th of July is a reason for celebration for all Americans: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. It’s notable that only 12 men have walked on the Moon, all of them American.


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