Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin – the second man to walk on the moon – predicted that President Trump's "Artemis" program would bring decades of progress, as the United States saw with the Apollo program put him into space.
"The five decades of Apollo [‘s legacy] range from Apollo 1 to the successful landing to Apollo 17 … and now we're starting the decades of Artemis," he said in a joint interview with Vice President Mike Pence.
The interview aired on Saturday in "America's News HQ" took place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
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After Armstrong and Aldrin set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, only 10 other NASA astronauts followed their steps the lunar surface ran. The last person to enter the moon was the Apollo-17 astronaut Eugene Cernan on December 14, 1972.
Pence announced on Saturday that the Orion spacecraft is ready to send astronauts to the Moon as part of the Artemis program bring to. "The Orion Crew Capsule for the Artemis Mission is ready and ready to begin preparations for its historic first mission," he said.
During his interview with Aldrin, Pence expressed confidence that Trump would continue the program, despite his stated frustration over NASA's decision to use the Moon as a launch pad for Mars. Instead, the president wanted the agency to focus on just going to Mars.
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"I should go first to the moon and not directly to Mars," said Kristin Fisher of Fox News. "Are you sure that President Trump is aboard this plan?"
Pence laughed at the question and told Fisher: "Do you bet, 100 percent?" He said that while Trump "strives to attract Americans to Mars, his government understands the importance of traveling to the moon to develop the technologies needed for a longer journey to the Red Planet.
Fox News & # 39; James Rogers contributed to this report.