Forget the moon, President Obama said. We're going to Mars. Yet the President stopped short of setting specific goals, leaving a question lingering in the minds of many: When?
"By the mid 2030s, I believe we can send men to Mars's moons and return them to Earth," he told a crowd at thein Florida, near the launch pads where U.S. space voyages begin.
Armstrong and other astronauts expressed concerns over the past few days that scrapping the moon program would have deep consequences in terms of America's standing in the world. They wrote an open letter to Obama voicing their concerns.
Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell, who signed the letter with Armstrong, told Fox News he believes Obama's plan is "short-sighted."
"We're going to be a third-rate nation. China and Russia are going to be premier," he said.
This is a profoundly bad and dangerous idea. China and Russia are not our friends, they never have been and never will be. But the Obama administration knows this, as have every administration before him. I am very afraid for this country.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Obama Details Revised NASA Vision
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