Captain Jim Lovell, who led the crew of Apollo 13 to safety after their spacecraft was damaged by an explosion, wants to see the return of manned missions to the Moon.
Jim Lovell, who brought the stricken spacecraft safely to Earth as the world watched, warned that the spirit of the Sixties and Seventies had been lost because of the lack of manned missions to the Moon and Mars.
In the 41 years since the Apollo programme ended, mankind has yet to return to the Moon, and with no fixed goal identified as the next step in manned space flight, any hopes of a mission to Mars appear as distant as the red planet itself, he said.
Capt Lovell said he was “unhappy” at the decision to abandon Constellation, the proposed replacement for the Space Shuttle, in 2010 and said it is time for Nasa to bring back the attitude of “whatever we want to do, let’s do it”.
Source: The Telegraph