Ex-astronauts slam space plan

2010-05-13 10:29

Washington - Neil Armstrong and other former astronauts say President Barack Obama's vision of future human space travel will cost the US its standing as the long-time leader.

Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut on the moon, told a Senate hearing on Wednesday that Obama's decision to alter the Bush administration blueprint for returning to the moon will undermine Nasa's manned space programme.

Obama told Nasa workers in April that he was committed to manned space exploration and foresaw astronauts orbiting Mars by the mid-2030s. But Cernan asserted that Obama was following a "pledge to mediocrity".

  • Rodney - 2010-05-13 10:34

    Agreed, lets get people in space again - on the moon and then onto Mars.

  • Kevin James - 2010-05-13 11:12

    Why doesnt Neil Armstrong come clean about the moon landing, before critising our great president

  • LordWabbit - 2010-05-13 11:13

    I agree with Rodney, Mars is a one way trip. Send people to the moon and test out new tech there instead of billions of miles away.

  • brad k - 2010-05-13 11:27

    Ignorant!! theres no life for us out there, our problems lay here on earth, lets first solve our problems where we come from then we can start thinking about use-less man travels. kids are still dying of hunger feed them first..the moon will always be there.

  • Jeff - 2010-05-13 12:17

    America will lose its dominance in aerospace. This will kill their vision and thousands will lose their jobs.

  • Rodders - 2010-05-13 12:35

    @ Brad k: dude, there will ALWAYS be kids dying of hunger, and people being homeless etc - you are never going to solve all those problems, except perhaps by testing new technologies in space, or possibly finding new places for all of us to live. Man's destiny lies amongst the stars, so it's high time we get back out there and start pushing the boundaries again....

  • The Easter Bunny - 2010-05-13 13:07

    @Brad K...
    Imagine if humans did not have the urge/desire to explore... we'd all still be living around the Sterkfontein caves :)

    P.S. The Moon will NOT always be there... did you not know that it is moving away from the Earth at a rate of about 3.8 centimeters/year... but that is irrelevant anyway, as in about 7 Billion years, the Sun will become a Red Giant and Swallow the Earth and the Moon!!! Bye Bye Moon

  • Dillon M. - 2010-05-13 20:11

    I see that if we can conquer space and our natiosn unite to do so then world peace can occur but there will all ways be problems on the earth and in space no matter what u do unless some country controls the whole world in which some form of rebellion would occur there will always be famon and war and some sort of crisis would happen but yes i agree that our space program shouldnt be postponed as many other nations are coming up with other programs and would people really want a form of weaponry in space? i know that there will be such as u can see from all of our military spy sats but still NASA should be getting second or first in the funding program for if we ever go into nuclear apocalypse and the only place to go would be into underground lead bunkers or...... into space

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