Apollo Legends Memo to Musk, Bezos: Don’t Expect a Mars Colony in a Century

Despite billionaires’ ambition to colonize Mars in their lifetime, one astronaut doubts that will happen in the next century.

“I frankly think going to Mars is going to be a lot harder than what NASA is admitting or Elon Musk is admitting,” former astronaut Bill Anders said Friday on the 118th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight.

“We weren’t designed to endure the hardships of zero-G for long,” said Anders, an East County High School graduate who flew with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. Apollo 8, first mission to circumnavigate the Moon. “We are not designed to take in space radiation, that is my specialty. And I think NASA missed (it). So I’m not sure we’re going to send humans to Mars. Maybe 100 years from now.”

Anders, 88, is one of the engineers and employees of San Diego Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park to mark the aeronautical milestone of 1903 when Orville Wright took off one clear morning aboard the Wright Flyer in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The museum paid its respects at 10 a.m. by quickly triggering an accurate reproduction of the Orville and Wilbur Wright brothers’ engines, creating a loud sputtering sound. Apollo Legends Memo to Musk, Bezos: Don’t Expect a Mars Colony in a Century

Dais Johnston

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