Buzz Aldrin on Obama’s new direction for NASA

Buzz Aldrin released a statement in support of Obama’s new space initiatives.

Statement from Buzz Aldrin: A New Direction in Space
Today I wish to endorse strongly the President’s new direction for NASA. As an
Apollo astronaut, I know the importance of always pushing new frontiers as we
explore space. The truth is, that we have already been to the Moon – some 40
years ago. A near-term focus on lowering the cost of access to space and on
developing key, cutting-edge technologies to take us further, faster, is just what our
Nation needs to maintain its position as the leader in space exploration for the rest
of this century. We need to be in this for the long haul, and this program will
allow us to again be pushing the boundaries to achieve new and challenging things
beyond Earth. I hope NASA will embrace this new direction as much as I do, and
help us all continue to use space exploration to drive prosperity and innovation
right here on Earth.
I also believe the steps we will be taking following the President’s direction will
best position NASA and other space agencies to send humans to Mars and other
exciting destinations as quickly as possible. To do that, we will need to support
many types of game-changing technologies NASA and its partners will be
developing. Mars is the next frontier for humankind, and NASA will be leading
the way there if we aggressively support the President’s plans.
Finally, I am excited to think that the development of commercial capabilities to
send humans into low earth orbit will likely result in so many more earthlings
being able to experience the transformative power of spaceflight. I can personally
attest to the fact that the experience results in a different perspective on life on
Earth, and on our future as a species. I applaud the President for working to make
this dream a reality.”
Buzz Aldrin
Feb. 1, 2010
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2 Responses to Buzz Aldrin on Obama’s new direction for NASA

  1. R2K says:

    Maybe he doesnt want ant wipper snappers to take his glory by landing on Mars.

    I simply cannot think of any better plan than mars by 2020. Thousands of jobs created in the short term, and inspiration to children in the long term. Obama missed a huge opportunity.

  2. Ron Rutherford says:

    I do not agree with Mr. Aldrin. I believe, after talking with most of the Apollo astronauts, that they concur. The moon is still an important and viable goal. If only for the fact that testing long term facilities and equipment on the moon is much easier and more quickly reached than Mars seems obvious to me. Observatories and labs on the back side, free from earthlight, could tell us much more about the universe. Certainly Mars should remain our goal, hopefully by the year 2020. But, and it is a large BUT (no pun intended) space goals set by the government, have put us further and further behind other countries over the last three decades. Any one who has studied Space Spinoffs resulting from our continued explorations of both manned AND un-manned probes understands this. In just four more shuttle flights, the U.S. presence in space will come to an end. We will have a space station out there with no way to get there unless we hitch a ride with the Russians, Chinese or somebody else with an active program. Mark my words, the bleeding hearts in this country will find “better uses” for all of that money going to waste in the space program. The private sector for the most part, can’t afford to go to Mars. The private sector is all about the Benjamins, and if money can’t be recovered in two years or less, they won’t be interested. ‘Nuff said.

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