Michael Collins says sending people up into space gets 'youngsters' excited.
Michael Collins, the command module pilot on Apollo 11, has said he disagrees with the Trump administration's focus on reaching the moon as a starting point before trying to explore Mars -- arguing that the U.S. should instead direct its efforts toward going directly to the red planet.
"This administration wants to go back to the moon and use the moon as a jumping-off point -- and they've done a lot of research and there's a lot of solid science behind that," he told Fox News' Leland Vittert during an interview that aired Saturday.
The interview, shown on "America's News HQ," came on the 50th anniversary of Collins' trip on the first mission in which a man would walk on the moon.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL APOLLO 11 COVERAGE One of the greatest achievements in human history, the mission delivered on Kennedy’s 1961 promise to land an American on the Moon by the end of that decade.
APOLLO 11 FLIGHT DIRECTOR REMEMBERS HISTORIC MISSION TO THE MOON "It takes me by surprise," he added.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Collins' fellow astronaut Stan Love lamented polling that showed young Americans would rather be a YouTube star than an astronaut.