Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is not one to mince words, and now the American hero defined why, 50 years on from the history-making mission, he’s “disappointed” with NASA.
“I feel we just have not developed the very best performance rockets and the suitable spacecraft that we should have to be able to perform the challenges that now we have and are facing,” Aldrin stated on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday.
“And we have to deal with what we have, and we’ll make the very most of it. And I think I can contribute some ideas that may assist all of it to come out very very well.”
While at the White House earlier within the day, Aldrin and fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins openly disagreed with NASA head Jim Bridenstine while discussing the matter in front of President Trump.
Aldrin and Collins believe the U.S. agency should focus on traveling directly to Mars while the Bridenstine voiced that a visit to Mars includes landing on the moon first.
“Who knows higher than these people?” Trump stated of Aldrin and Collin’s push for a direct trip.
Aldrin made his case for the direct journey to Mars while talking to MacCallum.
“Well, anything might be done. It is just that it is a lot more logical to learn all the steps that need to be taken at the moon, all of the conditions the resources the life help systems, all of the things that you’d prefer to know before you set out to be staying perhaps your whole life once you get to Mars,” Aldrin stated.