Astronaut Says The Moon Was Meh in Shocking Interview
Frank Borman, now 90 years old, participated in the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. The FML of the century? He wasn't that into it.
Leaving the Earth's atmosphere was a nightmare for Arthur Dent in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but it's a dream for most of the rest of us. The risk and adrenalin, the weightlessness, seeing the moon so close up, and seeing our watery little planet so far away... None of this could capture the heart of astronaut Frank Borman quite like beating those damned commies. Explanation incoming.
Borman, who doesn't care about that sci-fi "crap", revealed to This American Life that he was really only interested in demonstrating American superiority to the Soviets.
"I was there because it was the battle of the Cold War. I wanted to participate in this American adventure of beating the Soviets. That's the only thing that motivated me. Beat the damned Russians."
What about the magic of outer space? He went on to say that it was interesting for "maybe the first 30 seconds, and then it became accepted" and descibed the moon as "Devastation. Meteor craters. No color at all, just different shades of grey."
Really dude? Some people would give up everything to see the moon or another planet up close. What about you? What would you give to get out there?
To Borman's credit, he did get a little sentimental out there when looked back at Earth and thought of his family at home. Maybe he had it all figured out. Who's to say?
Unsurprisingly, when offered another opportunity to leave the planet, Borman refused.
If you're at all interested, check out the full podcast (linked above and here). When asked "Was it cool to float around weightless?" Borman laughed and said "No." He's friendly but blunt, and it makes for a hilarious interview.