Neil Armstrong says Obama 'poorly advised' on space

May 13, 2010
Retired NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission and the first man to walk on the moon, testifies on Capitol Hill May 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. Armstrong said that President Barack Obama is "poorly advised" on space matters, renewing criticism of a plan to abandon a project to return US astronauts to the moon.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, said that President Barack Obama is "poorly advised" on space matters, renewing criticism of a plan to abandon a project to return US astronauts to the moon.

Appearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Armstrong said the Obama plan to end the Constellation program and cut other efforts appeared to be made without input from NASA or the president's science adviser.

"I have yet to find a person in NASA, the Defense Department, the Air Force, the National Academies, industry, or academia that had any knowledge of the plan prior to its announcement," the commander told lawmakers.

"A plan that was invisible to so many was likely contrived by a very small group in secret who persuaded the president that this was a unique opportunity to put his stamp on a new and innovative program."

Armstrong, the first to set foot on the surface of the Moon in his 1969 mission, said the United States "has invested substantially for more than half a century to acquire a position of leadership in space" but that "to maintain a leadership position requires steadfast determination and a continuing investment in the future."

He added, "If the leadership we have acquired through our investment is allowed simply to fade away, other nations will surely step in where we have faltered. I do not believe that this would be in our best interests."

A month ago, Armstrong signed an open letter to Obama criticizing cuts to the .

Armstrong and fellow Apollo program commanders James Lovell and Eugene Cernan said in that letter that the plan "destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature."

In April, Obama announced plans to send US into the orbit of Mars within the next three decades but declined to back down on his plan to scrap the bloated and behind-schedule Constellation program.

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omatumr
1.7 / 5 (6) May 13, 2010
Unfortunately, experimental data from space-age analysis of isotopes in samples returned by the Apollo Missions were hidden or manipulated to protect the illusion that the Sun - Earth's heat source is a giant ball of Hydrogen (H) heated by H-fusion.

That deception is at the root of the global warming scam.

Neutron repulsion powers the Sun and H is "smoke" generated as the product of neutron decay.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA PI for Apollo
omatumr
1.8 / 5 (5) May 13, 2010
Instead of spending funds for another mission to the Moon, NASA scientists should be asked to honestly address the observation that lightweight xenon isotopes in lunar soils and breccias from the Apollo Missions are enriched by 3.5% per mass unit.

Why? The observation was confirmed in our best laboratories - Berkeley, Caltech, Bern, etc. - and ignored.

How much was the H/Fe ratio at the Sun's surface increased by the mass fractionation process that enriched lightweight Xe isotopes by 3.5% per mass unit?

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
yyz
5 / 5 (3) May 13, 2010
"...experimental data from space-age analysis of isotopes in samples returned by the Apollo Missions were hidden or manipulated..."

You've made this same claim numerous times. As a former NASA PI, do you have any specific, verifiable instances, names and dates for these claims? Weren't you privy to some of these 'incidents' given your position at NASA? Or is it just some vague conspiracy notions. Sounds like a case of sour grapes to me.
probes
3 / 5 (1) May 14, 2010
All that Xenon on the surface could be mined, it could serve as fuel for a large VASIMR engine.
holoman
4 / 5 (1) May 14, 2010
NASA management holding America's space program
back by their errogance, infinite spending philosophy, NASA can do NO wrong attitude.

I worked on the space shuttle and I say millions of dollars in waster.

President Obama is trying to bring new thought and new blood into America's space program. We need to
atleast give it a chance.

What great things has NASA done lately with our money ?