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So getting another boost after the president signed into law a spending bill yesterday -- adds an additional shuttle flight to the International Space Station before the fleet.
Is retired this helping to smooth the transition from the president's push away from the -- on to Mars.
But if the government wasting your tax dollars on space programs with little feature getting off the ground.
But -- -- and Apollo astronaut and president star craft enterprises joins us an exclusive interview.
To weigh in on their burning your money series buzz thank you so much for being here.
I would appoint nationally where we even need the government funding any sort of space program there are not private companies there.
The risk had been reduced so -- do we need to government.
This is probably the most.
For the US space program.
Since president Kennedy.
Charged the nation to send a man to the moon and bring him back safely.
Almost fifty years ago next may 25 will be the fiftieth anniversary of his speech.
And I think that despite the fact that we have.
Launched off on a misguided.
Effort to go back to the moon with two rockets instead of one.
We are at a place -- changing this.
Direction in our space program.
Into one that.
Can guarantee US leadership right in global space activities and the expansion.
Of human permanent presence.
Outward in the system so you think it'll -- law bars those just those two things right will.
-- US leadership I can't say that -- guarantee.
China India and Russia the way that they have dedicated their programs but at least -- will.
Keep us at the forefront.
And maintain the investments.
That this country made back in the sixties or seventy.
So we're changing the focus -- -- going to Mars now as opposed to going to the moon now I would ask you to respond to people who say hey listen were running up record deficits in this country.
We're spending money like crazy on all types of things.
Doesn't it make sense to really cut back in -- president has proposed budget cuts but doesn't make sense to really be cutting back on space exploration why do you think we need to move forward here.
Considering the fiscal situation this country's -- We're talking about.
What I think is a commitment next April 25 the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's speech.
We're talking about a commitment for.
And and -- surely it is at recessionary.
And and then that the fiftieth anniversary of landing on the moon.
As we approach 20/20 hopefully we will have an economy that can support.
Activities to carry out.
What will be historical.
For the planet earth.
To permanent presence on another planet in our solar system within three decades -- With the worsening quality of education in this country.
Do what are we gonna have people.
Men and women -- or even Smart enough to advance any space and justice in this country in the next few decades.
Well if we can inspire them with progressive.
Expansion of our space activities outward.
And and not try to invest in heavy lift rockets that we don't need.
-- now what made Apollo work were too small specialized spacecraft instead of one time.
Big multi purpose.
That took two Saturn fives we were able to take to specialize spacecraft.
And put them on one Saturn five and that's the payoff from specialize spacecraft we -- commercial spacecraft.
To go into lunar due to earth orbit and then exploration.
Spacecraft to go from earth orbit.
How -- with the appropriate redundancy.
Using earth Mars cycling spaceships and using.
The moon of Mars -- as a and assembly location.
-- the based on the surface of Mars.
Thank you so much for being here as bright as saying you're welcome back any time unsolved.
Solved and I -- welcome thank you -- -- stuff now they.
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