John Glenn weighs in on the Moon-Mars plan. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t like it — ostensibly because it is a departure from science-über-alles.
The octogenarian space pioneer’s most cutting comments were reserved for NASA’s plans to gut the International Space Station of a once-ambitious research agenda, limiting science only to studies applicable to the moon and Mars program.
“We have projects that are planned or in the queue now, projects that people — academics and laboratories and companies — have spent millions of dollars to get ready,” Glenn said. “That pulls the rug out from under our scientists who placed their faith in NASA, and our scientists within NASA who devoted years and years to their work.”
Those wouldn’t be the same scientists whose own rides to space and experiments on-orbit you yourself displaced with your Shuttle joyride a few years back, would they, Senator Glenn?
I wonder if he’d come around if the President promised him a ride on a Constellation…?