SpaceX prepares for first rocket launch
Former NASA astronaut Gene Cernan weighs in
- Duration 6:42
- Date May 18, 2012
Former NASA astronaut Gene Cernan weighs in
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When Houston we have a problem 43 years sir wowing the world would tease.
Iconic images the world is now awed by something else thinks.
That has -- astronaut refusing to click the like button last and a walk on -- Majid sermon.
We we remember your you with a list analyzes and what -- that's forty years ago and decide in December.
Now but it was 43 president today he -- 12:49 express eastern time today on politicians probably notice that Utley grounds that a flight headed to -- -- -- I keep telling Neil Armstrong.
We know the other -- -- the -- -- the other Neil that's right which we know that guy so what did a -- to white line in disguise sort would get a lot have listened to so tense and it's happened.
-- -- you know it it it was but it was the right thing to do.
Some things you're a modest guy but I have to get a sense tomorrow this basics.
Is -- it's a private space venture but everyone's talking about what is.
Well I think it's great -- you know everyone knows I think that the private sector to do things as well -- better certainly in.
Probably less expensive that a government can but it's not a totally private when it's not prime minister if they could make -- -- Return to work commercial because we're putting its gonna deliver stuff to the internationals relished the is to deliver cargo to the space station.
Right now and it's the only marketplace and -- -- space station doesn't exist and -- 20/20.
There's no marketplace so our marketplace for now.
Is -- but glorified delivery service.
Well you know this the first time in fifty years.
We haven't been able to put an American in space.
I'm an American peace hardware think about that -- -- not very good.
Never good you know we've come full circle we've wrestled in in a terrible since the sixties -- Russell.
Leadership in space away from the then Soviet Union -- usually we've given back to the same people.
We're column Russians now but it's the same people.
You know our leadership part of the diplomatic political leadership in space but this is been going on for a while through Democrat Republican strategist says.
We've been letting it slip sliding away idols live in a way -- first of all you know you go way back to JFK it is space have been bipartisan then it is today because.
Neal and I've testified the other name yet and -- in front of congress -- separate cases Jim.
If space is bipartisan there's people don't -- you differs with Sally Schaefer Carly your.
Your congress of this this controversy and a country itself supports British now mismanaged and Mickelson and really don't and is already -- and we Kennedy was big into it because.
That the -- say well he was trying to fight -- the questions and they were gonna dominate.
This -- whatever stimulus Cold War there's no question about it the next goal warrants based going to be were Chinese.
But you know we -- every penny we spent from day one.
On a space program to today is -- half of what we spent on the stimulus last year.
You Taylor is that right yes you -- less -- one hand off.
Of a penny to sports space program while everything what are.
I was thinking you know you're going to be -- very excited about.
And I'm thinking here where will open up.
A site and online -- You know as -- -- means it's a great site you know on people are finding an offense but when I was a kid.
We were watching you won't -- on the moon you weren't even in diapers when I want to know like -- -- support -- and Iowa and other quite well.
-- that I want to be an astronaut I did I told the story that I went and that's once I'm -- in the capsules realism to fit in moved on.
But that's okay but.
You don't let -- -- and in all kidding aside and I'd -- it.
That was data it's also said when we were giving.
These news network's coverage to members shuttle beginning hitching a ride.
So that it could sit on a on a boat and -- to go look at it when I was could be some of you guys going to the moon.
It's -- sad it's -- what us guys did it's not what I did it's what we did.
Strong people you don't we we were -- -- the -- of the year.
I didn't get -- alone forward for 2000.
America held up but that was something -- you eat -- captivated a nation so now we're getting captivated by a site that has run -- -- Well you are -- -- tended to hunt and do you want -- No I'm not -- really -- to be beat tiger cages are good kids and grand considering FaceBook today it's week.
I'd you know I'd like a bird I don't know it.
Did I guess they do -- I tell them.
Please don't ever says don't don't don't put my picture -- I don't want people to know where I am and what I'm doing.
Yeah and it's a whole new phenomenon and you know what I mean you -- left -- -- said that that generation.
Did what you did spend a complicated.
-- -- the -- That now by comparison where will open up -- yeah out of their sight I don't end up ahead what you know about this and nothing like it was what goes around comes on these -- young entrepreneurs and god bless some of -- If a kid in college what eight years ago can come up with FaceBook and today's worst.
Twenty billion dollars.
More power to I mean that's what America's all about and you OK with the authorities saying that -- innocent bill but he says he wears -- -- doesn't Wear suits and ties.
You can you know -- a generation and -- half or two maybe three.
Older than these kids you know -- pickup award -- for you don't mind my granddaughter my grid go to Tokyo today -- soon to be torn.
Texas a and -- she could do all the stuff too.
We're talking at breakfast -- Mother's -- and -- mentioned -- name -- interface went blank.
Is what's a telegram.
Amazing what's a telegram.
If you -- kids a father told me he had his two daughters and -- bench seat of his car sit next to each other than their touch and are not talking.
It would come then apply my is that the result of that you've exhausted that -- you're done and that.
Jeanne it's always a pleasure -- -- that got 43 years forty years ago.
In December we're gonna do something when it comes we are absolutely are -- look forward to one of the heroes.
And -- was pushing me to be an astronaut he regretted it when they tried oil they tried everything we have in -- council just.
So editor reading a provost did their look at volunteers they are there could probably get down there had -- tomorrow would still make it yeah I don't know about that -- -- concern in the name out.