Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was the second man to walk on the moon 50 years ago, told President Donald Trump Friday he was unimpressed by the status of the US space program.
"Honestly, I've been a little disappointed with it over the last 10 to 15 years," he told the President during a press conference by Oval Office with Michael Collins, another Apolo 11 astronaut. "We were able to achieve a lot so early. Now we have the first rocket in the US, and we have the first spacecraft, and they can not get into lunar orbit with significant maneuvering skills. And that is a big disappointment for me. "
NASA boss Jim Bridenstine, who was also there, said," We're working on it, "Quartz reported.
Just before Aldrin made his remarks, Trump praised the room "NASA is back," the president said, adding that the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is not a beautiful picture "In the past."
"They were almost , you could say, leave, and now they are in great shape and rockets are rising all the time, "he added.
Aldrin has been criticizing the space program in the past in a recent interview with Ars Technica:" We have long and
"There has to be a better way to do things," he said 1
However, concerns over the ever-changing timeline have been voiced and the growing cost of the mission.
In June, a report from the Government Accountability Office called for the program, which has spent more than $ 8 billion, to adopt "more transparent cost reporting methods," as the agency was struggling to get the real price for its projects to determine.
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