As reported by the BBC in, Obama Nasa Plans ‘Catastrophic’ Say Moon Astronauts, Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell opposed the Obama Administration’s plan for a “new direction” for NASA.
The BBC’s Pallab Ghosh interviewed Moon Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan at a a private event at the Royal Society in London on Friday organized by the Foundation for Science and Technology. In response to the question as to why America explores space, Lovell said, “I think America has a responsibility to maintain its leadership in technology and its moral leadership… to seek knowledge. Curiosity’s the essence of human existence.”
Interestingly, Neil Armstrong, though reported to have called NASA Administrator Bolden to express his unhappiness with the Administration’s plans for NASA, avoided any discussion of the Administration’s plans during the interview. As the Administration continues to push for its re-organization of NASA, we are certain that Armstrong’s voice will eventually be heard.
"Personally I think it will have catastrophic consequences in our ability to explore space and the spin-offs we get from space technology. They haven’t thought through the consequences." — Jim Lovell, Cmdr Apollo 13, CSM Pilot Apollo 8