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To various NASA programs including one that might try to take us back to the -- Here now to discuss it and his plans is Buzz Aldrin Apollo eleven astronaut president of star -- enterprises.
-- also the author of a new memoir.
Magnificent desolation the long journey home from the moon and mr.
-- -- an -- -- -- minor eye surgery there so we appreciate you coming on.
Even though you probably not feel a 100% it's a great honor thank you very much for coming on Fox Business -- You think we I don't.
It is -- so you could see that that let I was told to avoid debt.
I'd much rather have you people look at my jewelry collection.
All over then.
That for me to look at bright lights.
Why should we not go back to the moon and how in the world could we ever get to Mars which is what you think we should focus our attempts on.
Well first off I think I'd like to make that claim that out of the Mercury Gemini and Apollo astronauts.
I feel I'm the most qualified.
To make observations.
The future of our space program because that has been.
My prime emphasis of attention for the last 102030.
And along that line.
I have not had a love affair with solid rockets just like -- -- brawn.
We in my star -- boosters have tried to.
-- come up with a substitute.
Liquid boosters and liquid fly back boosters.
As the mainstay.
Of improving our system and not so long ago.
Became a strong proponent of -- lifting body runway Lander.
For thirty years we will be watching we have been watching our astronauts come back and land on -- runway.
To go back to watching the Russians take us into orbit for a number of years and then to follow that with the capsule landing in the ocean is just.
Unacceptable to me.
We cannot make any of these improvements in that direction at the present level.
That Constellation Program.
And it's cost overruns and and being way behind schedule.
To catch up and to be at all competitive and going to the moon would cost us.
Significant amounts of additional money in the the next year's.
And why would we want to have a race to be second on the moon.
We were already first on the moon.
By the time we get there will be fifty years ago in the last century that we pioneered the moon.
We need to.
Have the US.
Have global space leadership in all means of transportation.
And we don't need to go back to the -- to do that we can protect our interests with our experience.
Forming international corporations.
That support lunar activities the development of lunar activities.
And we can maintain our leadership position and put our resources in long duration space flight.
Progressing outward -- inspiring.
Interest thing missions futuristic.
Inspiring and historic and as we move toward.
-- second phase of this program.
Of flexible plus settling on Mars.
-- you know we just talked about the budget -- listen a lot of Americans are out of work and we're struggling with deficits there -- many Americans who might say.
Why are we putting any money at all and his face trial when you know here on terra firma we've got a lot of problems.
What -- the benefits.
Of space programs what are the benefits of space flight.
We have a lot of very -- talented people at work great now in the aerospace industry.
If there's any industry we should not allow to go abroad it is aerospace.
And the way we do that is inspiring young people to have a strong desire to get into.
Science technology engineering.
And to preserve the workforce elevate its status.
In terms of the salaries that are given to those people so we attract young people.
Into the essential industry aerospace.
For the defense of our country and we do that best buy global space leadership.
In all means of space transportation.
Do you think United States is at risk of losing our lead in the space race.
No I don't at all we are -- the leaders but we have been.
Returning our astronauts for thirty years and landing on a runway were fully capable of being able to do that.
Some programs that my star -- booster proposed.
Put a lifting body and -- twenty -- been studied for.
Not eight years and 800 million dollars by NASA with wind tunnel test.
We propose putting that.
On a shuttle derived launch vehicle.
Which would retain the work force that's launching shuttles now if we extended some of the shuttle flights.
And transferred easily over to the same for segment solids.
And an external tank that has engines on the bottom and -- payload on the top.
That's the best -- I think but my firm.
Input is that we should.
Not say not expend the money going back to the moon with humans we should help other nations do that.
Put our resources into long term.
Life support system.
And inspiring missions that that go beyond the moon a fly by.
-- Station keep with asteroids.
Occupied the moon of Mars.
The most strategic location.
In this solar system.
For the United States and for people of earth.
-- we occupied -- and control.
The assembly of items on the surface that are placed there by.
Us and other international partners leading to the ability to get.
To the surface of the moon.
Within 66 years after.
Landing on the moon which was 66 years after the Wright Brothers.
That's when we need to be able to be on the surface of Mars.
Well you you'll you'll never remember this but thirty years ago.
I got your autograph when I was eight years old in Las Vegas I was in my parents are there for work in and out my dad used to -- spy satellites for TRW.
So appreciate all you've done for this country let's not make another thirty years before you see each other again.
Well I certainly hope not I'm I'm willing to talk about the advantage is.
Flexible -- Mars settlement.
Two phase program.
Where we reaffirm what we want to do on the fiftieth anniversary year.
After studying at recessionary.
Recovery funding levels we are then able to accelerate that and carry out.
The technology that we've learned -- in the following fifteen years thank you very much.
-- thank you very much we appreciate you can follow.
Buzz on Twitter at the real -- he is on Twitter at the real buzz is his Twitter account.
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