London, Oct 27: Felix Baumgartner, the first man to break the sound barrier in a freefall, has branded NASA’s aim to discover whether there is life on Mars a waste of money.
“A lot of guys they are talking about landing on Mars,” the Austrian daredevil said.
“Because [they say] it is so important to land on Mars because we would learn a lot more about our planet here, our Earth, by going to Mars which actually makes no sense to me because we know a lot about Earth and we still treat our planet, which is very fragile, in a really bad way,” he said.
According to the Telegraph, Baumgartner urged the US Government to divert the money it spends on Mars missions to environmental projects on Earth.
“So I think we should perhaps spend all the money [which is] going to Mars to learn about Earth. I mean, you cannot send people there because it is just too far away,” the paper quoted him, as saying.
“That little knowledge we get from Mars I don’t think it does make sense,” he added.
Earlier this year NASA landed the Curiosity rover on Mars, which would explore the surface of the Red Planet for upwards of 10 years at a cost of 2.5 billion dollars.
“That is tax money. People should decide ‘are you willing to spend all this money to go to Mars?’,” Baumgartner, 43, said.
“I think the average person on the ground would never spend that amount of money, they have to spend it on something that makes sense and this is definitely saving our planet,” he added. (ANI)