It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The first man to walk on the moon has criticized the administration for abandoning plans to return to the moon.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, said that President Barack Obama is "poorly advised" on space matters, renewing criticism of a plan to abandon a project to return astronauts to the moon.
Appearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Armstrong said the Obama plan to end the Constellation program and cut other space efforts appeared to be made without input from NASA or the president's science adviser.
For every dollar spent on space R&D is spent in and on the American public creating a vast amount of jobs , the kind of jobs that is so badly needed right now.
Originally posted by Max_TO
reply to post by frankensence
There are many other wasteful programs that yes could be cut but the space program is not one of them . For every dollar spent on space R&D is spent in and on the American public creating a vast amount of jobs , the kind of jobs that is so badly needed right now.
These jobs then in turn create a many many other jobs that directly benefit the American public .
Originally posted by justwokeup
Isn't the point that the program has been re-focused on to a longer term path? Why is this not a good thing? There seems a lot of negativity.
From a UK perspective it seems odd that a nation that normally goes nuts for privatisation (USA) wants the government to be running a low earth orbit bus service. This is what NASA has been doing in the manned space flight arena for 25 years. Private companies are involved but they make lots of low risk money supporting the bureaucracy. They are not incentivised to improve anything.
The private companies should be providing the service, like an airline. That way they are incentivised to make things better and to share the risk. After all you don't fly to europe on Federal Government Airways, for good reason. Even us brits got out of that business :-)
Leave NASA to develop the tech and prove the new concepts on orbit. Solar Sails, VASMIR, In orbit fission reactor systems etc etc.
Going to the moon again with chemical rockets was pointless. That tech is taking us nowhere in the long run.
If i'm missing the point somehow let me know.