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Leaders the rest of the show and he would do you remember this.
By the mid 20s30s.
I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them -- -- And landing on Mars will follow.
And I expect to be around this area.
Now nearly two years later reports that NASA is about to slash funding for missions to Mars and exploration about a -- joining me now on the phone.
Edward Weiler is a former NASA administrator.
Ed good to have you as always the details are now but we are getting wind of the fact that he's certainly.
Going to be pulling back more on NASA funding it's going to be pulling back a lot of funding.
You argue anything that touches and assets are already it's been hacked does not gonna -- Well especially in the area Mars exploration and is one of the crown jewels of now so -- -- not only is a great science.
As indicated by the National Academy of Sciences but.
Also -- now so that the public really gets into and I think that's important for kids to be excited about what -- systems.
You know what I don't understand now it is what are we do.
Undated it -- to the moon thing has been scaled back at the Morris thing is off -- planetary travel is -- what are we.
Well I don't have insight into the budget affect all my comments are based on what I hear -- -- reporters but.
Yeah I used to run the science program it's about a five billion dollar program here.
I'm hearing that the cuts to Mars may be on the order a few hundred million dollars.
You know -- the level three or 4%.
And you know when I was trying to program.
-- is one of the highest priority that's a last place I would've gone to find that kind of money.
What's happened here out of -- allotted time but -- seems to be our crowning achievement one of the things -- government did right.
You been working with private contractors to.
The tick you'll see well accidents notwithstanding.
It's like we dropped the ball unseeded it's in the Chinese.
What you're absolutely right I mean that's the really important point I'm not -- -- in the sixties which -- me.
But I grew up in a country war America did things you went to a buy electronic parts are made America.
And I seen this evolution from obsolete in almost -- -- -- -- in only a few things.
Well I got news for American people who even Mars exploration we're the only country on earth.
That has demonstrated capability to land on Mars safely when the most interest and that's in the solar system and were given data off.
I don't get it.
And thank you very much -- having it.
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