Scientists Sided with Obama Over Space Exploration Issues
Scientists declared that they are siding with the current US administration’s reason for the proposed NASA budget.
“The opinions of astronauts should not be the bulk of the story,” said astrophysicist Dan Hooper, an astrophysicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
“It is like asking Navy pilots whether the new jet fighter program should be canceled. The scientists who are making use of the data collected by NASA missions are in a much better position to compare the merits of manned and unmanned space programs,” he said.
A letter signed by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon from Apollo 11, James Lovell of Apollo 13 and Eugene Crenan, currently the last man on the moon from Apollo 17, states that canceling the Constellation program is devastating.
This is in relation to the budget proposed by President Barack Obama which focuses more on robot space probes over human space exploration and with the long term goal of launching a spacecraft to reach an asteroid and the planet Mars.
The president believes that it is high time to explore other frontiers in the space exploration program indicating that mankind have already been to the moon several times before.