Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, said at a White House event in honor of Apollo 11 that he was "disappointed" with the progress made by the American space program over the last 50 years.
[I’m] ] Disappointed with the progress of the past 50 years, "said Aldrin at the event in the Oval Office." We had a rocket, the Saturn 5. We got the rocket and the spaceship [number one] and they can not get into the lunar orbit reach. That's a big disappointment for me. "
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who was also at the event, said the space agency is working on it.
Michael Collins of APOLLO 11 reflects the historic moon landing: "We were just regular astronauts" would eventually go to Mars and notice that "From the point of view of the defense it is very important".
Trump asked if astronauts could go straight to Mars without first going to the moon, to which Bridenstine Nein said that a gate is needed to finally travel to the Red Planet.
President Trump welcomed Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, and family members of the Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong to the White House on Friday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20.
Celebrations this week, a stunning image of the Saturn V rocket is projected onto the Washington Monument, which brought Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins into space.
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