As stated by the astronauts aboard the Apollo 8 mission by NASA, a mission to the Red Planet with crew on board would be a stupid and near ridiculous act.
Bill Anders, the astronaut who orbited Moon before coming back to Earth about 50 years prior today stated that the need for a manned mission to Mars is an unnecessary effort. He also questioned the need for going to Mars when the public isn’t actually interested in the same.
Anders also argued to the fact that there are many more important things to be focused on by NASA with better use for money and time. His statement pointed out to the recent uncrewed mission by InSight Rover which was dedicated to study the interior of Mars.
This commentary by one among the most renowned space explorers illustrate the fact that there is an imbalance between the crewed missions and less expensive versions that are automated. According to Anders, sending a crew to Mars would surely bring media attention but might do nothing when it comes to pushing the pathways of practical knowledge from scientific domain.
This newly observed skepticism by Anders might not come as good news for space business owners like SpaceX, NASA, and Blue Origin. All of these space agencies are aimed towards conquering Mars in near future.