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Submission + - Armstrong to NASA: You're Embarrassing ( 1

astroengine writes: "Neil Armstrong, Apollo legend and outspoken critic of NASA's current direction for human spaceflight, was joined by three other space experts to address Congress on Thursday. It wasn't pretty. Amongst the other criticisms was Armstrong's tough statement: "For a country that has invested so much for so long to achieve a leadership position in space exploration and exploitation, this condition is viewed by many as lamentably embarrassing and unacceptable." He might have a point, but Apollo 17's Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, suggested the shuttles should be brought out of retirement to fill the U.S. manned spaceflight gap — a suggestion that probably rolled some eyeballs."
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Armstrong to NASA: You're Embarrassing

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  • "One famous NASA payload to NASA: ..."

    Perhaps it even wraps it up a bit better. Also, his experience is with crazy unsustainable crash projects, which are possibly comparably good to "sleek-looking spaceplane" scifi cargo cults (with the pork bonus sneaked by) at jeopardizing any dreams about long-term leadership (which wasn't really ever factual, all around)

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato