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“US space program is dead-end”

Published time: July 27, 2011 07:59
Edited time: August 01, 2011 17:50

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Bill Anders, a retired NASA astronaut who was part of the first US mission to the Moon and took a celebrated photograph of a rising Earth told RT the picture started the environmental movement and explained why the Americans flew to the moon.

­At the Starmus Festival in Tenerife, Spain, Anders told RT he was proud to have been lucky enough to take the picture that defined the start of the environmental movement.

“It has influenced a lot of people. That picture, along with the Hubble telescope, helped people start thinking in more expansive ways and understand we were not the center of the universe.”

Anders admitted that flying to the moon and taking the picture did not feel as an accomplishment for all humanity to him.

“I felt we were there to prove not just to ourselves and the American people, but to the whole world we were not second-best. Certainly the Soviets, now the Russians, with Sputnik and Gagarin made America look really bad,” he said.

However, according to Anders, the US space program now is just a waste of money.

“I think our space program has been on the wrong track ever since the space shuttle. It is a dead-end program. Our prior competitors must me laughing up their sleeves that Americans who got to the moon first now have to ride on Russian rockets. The space shuttle cost ten times [what] it should have. It is too bad we went down that path,” he stated.

The Apollo program was not an exploration program for America, as Anders told RT.

“It was a political program to demonstrate the US we are not second-best. Our job was put the US on the moon; they were paying for that to beat Russians,”
he concluded.

Comments (2)


Alex Moisseeff 15.11.2013 08:10

its true that our quest for exploration is commendable ...
but what almost all dont understand is is true implications of this undertaking ...
sadly...... this is not like the first explorers who built and navigated sailing ships to explore vast oceans...

Not the same..!

loo k at the TOTAL ability of human and material resources.. so far the most expensive human undertaking ...( space station)..nothing more than smelly tin cans in decling orbit....

m aterialy logisticaly technicaly.... we are are SO not going anywhere.....

better to clean up back yard .....


Dean Holyer 30.08.2013 09:43

Yes the American Governments aspect of sending humans into space could be dead, but what is not dead is the American desire to explore space. America's space launcher for humanity is moving from Government into the hands of American free enyerprise system. Just look at Sierra Nevada's Dream Cast mini space shuttle that was created 30 miles to the north of me. It may still need an ok from the American Government to go into space, but that is a government problem of being to big and greedy.

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