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Neil Armstrong, Eugene A. Cernan oppose Obama's NASA plans

By Ed O'Keefe

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."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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Ummmm, I do believe that our economy hasn't been doing well and that we have a large budget deficit. Though NASA's space program is important as far as science, research, and a certain amount of bragging rights, it shouldn't be a top priority right now. If some of the astronauts are upset, maybe they should kick in some of their own money and start up a fund for NASA to follow through on what they apparently consider the top priority, at least in their world. Our country just can't afford all the bells and whistles right now.

Posted by: 2daysnews | May 14, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I am a health science student here in Texas, I am very proud to be grown up as a adult in the USA. I am twenty-two years old I still got to learn more about life, but in the near future I would like to see many other Americans step on the moon. I would love to do this activity, but I think to my self I am not born with that gift of being in the NASA. I am now interested in astrology, and I got to say technology is advancing, I had a dream of seeing many humans, being on the moon and talking to us thru media, we seen this before in the year of 1969 I want to see this now days…

Posted by: abe_sarinana | May 16, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

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