Neil Armstrong, Eugene A. Cernan oppose Obama's NASA plans
By The Post's Ed O'Keefe and Marc Kaufman:
The first and last Americans to walk on the moon reiterated opposition to President Obama's plans for the future of human space flight on Wednesday, arguing the president's vision lacks specifics and proper review.
Plans advanced by the Obama administration will end most of NASA's Constellation program and rely on the commercial space industry to ferry future astronauts to the international space station. NASA would shift its focus to building a space capsule that would take astronauts to Mars and beyond.
But Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong and Apollo 17 Commander Eugene A. Cernan dismissed those plans in testimony to the Senate Commerce Committee.
"Nowhere do we find a commitment in dollars to support this national endeavor," Cernan said, adding later that "this budget proposal presents no challenges, has no focus, and in fact is a blueprint for a mission to nowhere."
| May 12, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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