Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Armstrong Slams US Space Plan

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Armstrong Slams US Space Plan

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NEIL Armstrong Co the first human to set foot on the moon Co has lashed out at US President Barack Obama's decision to axe NASA plans to return to the moon, describing the move as C[pounds sterling]devastatingC[yen] to the US space program.

Armstrong was one of three former astronauts who signed an open letter to Obama ahead of his visit to Florida today where he will deliver a space policy speech.

Budget plans unveiled two months ago proposed scrapping the Constellation program, which was developing a new rocket to take Americans back to the moon, and giving private industry the role of building the space vehicles to take humans to the International Space Station.

However, Armstrong and fellow Apollo 11 program commanders James Lovell and Eugene Cernan bemoaned the proposals for the US space effort in a letter released to NBC News yesterday.

Armstrong, Lovell and Cernan said that while some of Obama's NASA budget proposals had C[pounds sterling]meritC[yen], the decision to cancel the Constellation program, the Ares 1 and Ares V rockets and the Orion spacecraft, was C[pounds sterling]devastatingC[yen]. …

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