Ex-astronaut who joined the first mission to space with Apollo 8 in 1968, Frank Borman, spoke out about his experience of going to the moon.
The 92-year-old stated during an interview with This American Life in 2018 that he was never interested in space travelling, but went along on the journey to beat the Russians in the Cold War.
"I wanted to participate in this American adventure of beating the Soviets. But that's the only thing that motivated me. Beating the damn Russians."
Borman added to his non interest in space by exemplifying by his comments on the feeling of weightlessness. "It was interesting for, maybe for the first 30 seconds. Then it became accepted."
He stated that the sight of the moon was unpleasant and said that; "Devastation. Meteor craters. No colour at all, just different shades of grey."
The only part that Borman found interesting, he added was to simply looking back at the Earth, and seeing it above the Moon. "The dearest things in life were back on Earth – my family, my wife, my parents. For me, that was the high point of the flight, from an emotional standpoint."
As he arrived home he did not share his experience with his wife or family, and said that, "The last thing on my mind was talking about what the Moon looked like."
Borman rarely thinks about his first mission to space and is currently interested in caring for his wife who has Alzheimer's. NASA offered Borman another chance on a mission to the Moon, but he turned down the offer.
"I probably am the worst person to go to the Moon," Borman concluded.