First man to orbit the moon says it was only interesting for 30 seconds – and he couldn’t wait to get home to his family
The first man to orbit the moon has said it was only interesting for 30 seconds and he couldn't wait to get home to his family.
Frank Borman, 90, said that while his fellow astronauts were mesmerized by space, he was quite bored.
Colonel Borman, from Indiana, toldThis American Life it was simply a 'battle' in the Cold War and he had no desire to step foot on the moon.
Colonel Borman, who was the Commander of Apollo 8 mission in 1968, dismissed the sight of the moon as just 'different shades of gray' in an interview with producer David Kestenbaum.
He said: 'Lovell was mesmerized by space and exploration, and wanted desperately to explore the moon. I was there because it was a battle in the Cold War.
Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968, and Colonel Borman's wife Susan stayed at home with their children.
Colonel Borman said: 'Rockets- you know, it's a very loud and frightening thing.
And Colonel Borman denied ever saying he thought a poet should have been on board.
And Colonel Borman revealed he had no desire to step foot on the Moon, as Buzz Aldrin did seven months later.
He said: 'I would have not accepted the risk involved to go pick up rocks. It doesn't mean that much to me.
'Somebody else wanted to do it. Let them take my place. I love my family more than anything in the world.
Colonel Borman said the high point of the flight was looking back on the Earth.
'It's 240,000 miles away. It was small enough you could cover it with your thumbnail.
'The dearest things in life that were back on the Earth- my family, my wife, my parents.
He revealed that he barely discussed the space mission with his wife Susan and two sons.
Colonel Borman said: 'It was more important to see the boys and see her. And what have you be doing? We're back.
He said they talked about 'How glad I was to be home, how glad they were to have me back, and how the boys are doing in school, and why the dog's dish was still full.