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Forty-five years after man first landed on the moon, one of the men who was there is worried that the U.S. has become lost in space.

 

With the anniversary Sunday of Apollo 11’s giant leap for mankind, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin sees a moribund American space program without a major task to conquer while a geopolitical rival is going full steam ahead, reminding him of the Soviet launch of the first man-made satellite in 1957. Only the U.S. isn’t reacting now as it did then.

 

“We’re in the worst position we’ve ever been in,” he told The Washington Times. “We’re in worse competitive shape than after Sputnik.”

Mr. Aldrin knows a thing or two about space. He was part of NASA’s space exploration for many years, flying first in the Gemini 12 mission, and then as part of Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, when he became the second man to walk on the moon. A photo of Mr. Aldrin, taken on the moon’s surface by Armstrong, has become one of the most iconic images of human history.Scissors-32x32.png


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Breakout A New Model for NASA

Newt Gingrich Podcast

 

In this episode of the Breakout with Newt Gingrich podcast, Newt discusses how

NASA, once the worlds model for innovation and the exploration of space, has

become so bureaucratized that it now serves as nothing more than another broken

government agency. If the federal government were actually serious about a revival

of NASA and our space program, it would create a prize model. With all of the money

our federal agencies waste on a yearly basis, it should instead entice entrepreneurs

to create solutions that restore the American space program to the position of

prominence it held for so many years. Companies like SpaceX have already begun to

reach into space, giving us a glimpse of what the future of space travel holds. In the 21st

century, it is likely that a company such as SpaceX will allow us to explore further into

space than we could ever imagine.

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