Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin — the second man to stroll on the moon — predicted that President Trump’s “Artemis” program would deliver many years of progress like the USA noticed with the Apollo program that launched him into area.
“The 5 many years of Apollo[‘s legacy] goes all the way in which from Apollo 1 by means of the profitable touchdown, on up by means of Apollo 17 … and now we’ll start the many years of Artemis,” he stated in a joint interview with Vice President Mike Pence.
The interview, which aired on Saturday’s “America’s Information HQ,” got here because the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Aldrin and Neil Armstrong making the primary lunar touchdown on the Apollo 11 mission.
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After Armstrong and Aldrin set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, simply 10 extra NASA astronauts would comply with of their footsteps by strolling on the lunar floor. The newest human to set foot on the Moon was Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan on Dec. 14, 1972.
Pence introduced Saturday that the Orion area capsule was able to take astronauts to the moon as a part of the Artemis program. “The Orion crew capsule for the Artemis mission is full and able to start preparations for its historic first mission,” he stated.
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Throughout his interview with Aldrin, Pence expressed confidence that Trump would comply with by means of with this system regardless of his said frustration with NASA’s resolution to make use of the moon as a jumping-off level to get to Mars. The president as a substitute needed the company to concentrate on simply going to Mars.
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“Yesterday within the Oval Workplace, President Trump didn’t appear completely satisfied that we must always go to the moon first and never simply go on to Mars,” Fox Information’ Kristin Fisher instructed him. “Are you positive that President Trump is on board with this plan?”
Pence laughed off the query, telling Fisher “you wager, 100 p.c.” He indicated that whereas Trump was “anxious” to get Individuals on Mars, his administration understood the significance of touring to the moon as a way to develop the applied sciences wanted for an extended journey to the pink planet.
Fox Information’ James Rogers contributed to this report.