Apollo astronaut 11 Michael Collins asks NASA to direct its eyes to Mars for future space exploration.
The Colombian commander's pilot discussed the plans of the space agency to return to the moon with Neal Kavuoto during an interview with "Your World" on Thursday.
The US strives to land the next man and the first woman on the moon by 2024 sending a piloted mission to Mars in the 2030s.
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Collins said he believes NASA should focus its efforts on the Red Planet. "This plan is well thought out, but I disagree with it, we have to shoot directly for Mars," he said. "Twenty-one years ago I even wrote a book, a boring book on a mission on Mars, and I've always believed on Mars."
APOLLO 11: WHAT ARMSTRONG AND BUDDHA ALLRINE SEE IN THE DRAMA MOUNTAIN He also advocated naming a future mission on Mars after President John F. Kennedy, who in 1961 famously promised that America would land a man on the Moon before the end of this decade.
for us in the Apollo venture, Collins said. "400,000 Americans, would you believe at this time working on this program – Kennedy's voice has speeded up all this."
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