According to Aldrin, the recent unsettling space programs of the US have disappointed him.
President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, about his views on the United States’ current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission.
Aldrin told Trump, “Actually, I’ve been a little disappointed over the last 10 or 15 years.”
The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was celebrated this week. Trump invited the surviving astronauts, Aldrin and Michael Collins, and relatives of the late Neil Armstrong to the Oval Office.
The U.S. mission to Mars has always been backed up by Trump. He questioned Aldrin and the others, including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about their thoughts on the US space Programs. He seemed to be thinking about skipping the moon mission on the way to reach Mars.
He asked them about the current plan of the US which is to use the moon as a jumping-off point to Mars or should they directly target Mars.
According to Aldrin, the US current plan to reach the moon does not support significant maneuverability of spacecraft while it is in lunar orbit.
Trump asked Bridenstine about his thoughts on the same.
Bridenstine replied, “We’re working on it, as a matter of fact.”
He enlightened Trump about the development of the Orion capsule. The capsule will attach a small module in orbit around the moon which will act as a small space station.
Trump said, “Well, I’d like to have you also listen to the other side because some people would like to do it a different way. So you’ll listen to Buzz and some of the other people.”
Collins also supported the direct Mars theory.