Neil talks with the last man to walk on the moon
Gene Cernan on the state of U.S. space program
- Duration 7:51
- Date Aug 21, 2012
Gene Cernan on the state of U.S. space program
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And a walk on the -- Listening to a -- kid.
We could definitely life.
It's like totally devastated yeah.
Hello girl got the -- of our -- from Great Britain as he saw and got to Kansas State Kansas take pictures went.
The last analogue -- -- -- -- are denied a chance to catch up with dean today.
Here that's a caller is as beautiful it it it it's a work center for kids to encourage ABA's sitting curiosity.
But he wanted to be more the justice Sandra more than just a museum but it given the new fiscal realities.
Let's just say the Apollo seventeen commander was in no mood to make it just a museum.
Forty years after the fact were not committing the money we were now we have China India.
Looking at the moon landing a man on the moon.
Forty years after you and where hitching rides in space.
To go to war station.
All I can do personally -- some on my college.
What we believe that's why we believe to giving anyone's listeners yes the American people are listening President Obama transition may get a president -- I don't I don't think he understands.
What America and what should traditions of and what we what what being the leader of the free world -- most of the people of this country it goes down here we are what we are today and we have.
We -- Unique and special -- so -- countries don't have.
Because of what we have been for the last 230 some odd years.
And then again all I can do it does point out I don't run -- country I don't make decisions but I can I can I can.
-- hurt my feelings of my passionate and -- patient and let people know what I believe meant and why -- believe it and approved for the quality.
Is at a place like this no doubt but you are getting now and they don't announce that Richard Burr -- where we just don't have the money.
We're never going to have the money and then as I said it's it's not.
How much money and it's -- spent.
He got spent wisely and again and we literally literally only spend one half.
But one penny of every one of our tax dollars goes into space period.
Into space today.
That's not -- too much for units.
That's not too much to ask of the American public and all that money is spent on this country we talk about.
-- -- -- uses you know the money to buy Google you're -- each received apple owners no no food -- next week.
This this money goes in the developed technology and Pride International donors no they're not but now the Republicans are convening in this -- statement -- -- in Tampa.
Do you know if guys like view war in the space program.
Is going to be represented do you think it should be represented their convention.
Someone should get a Mitt -- easier -- You know I've I've been offered an opportunity to be part of it I may yet be -- I would be primarily due in one.
Tell people what I believe -- I've got any credibility I'm willing totally.
I'm not run for an and you don't have to vote for me ever attempted -- ever tempted you're pretty good speaker you don't even have to agree with me but you've -- and all -- got to know that I believe myself from -- What I'm saying -- believe in the -- crude futures turned.
But -- -- I'm not going there and we're not going to mark what about got I've got my family.
You know my grandkids.
And their country.
And if I can have some influence in the future of this country.
And where we're headed and how we're gonna get notwithstanding our financial problems today and I'm gonna speak monkeys when you ever.
-- -- gene that if you don't get your way if if we ignore your challenge.
And there interactive museum for kids and I had just it.
A small sliver of a sampling -- -- and then and the buildings that story.
That it remains just that just a glorified -- -- it you know it's not just to -- frightens -- it's it's it's.
That it's a level that's it it's an inspiration focal point it will it will be here forever and -- and -- -- -- whatever.
And my kids children of my kids and grandchildren will still be as far but -- we live what we do -- a hundred years ago.
Now what they do with -- more that goes I don't know.
But YouTube basically -- -- am -- disappointed with where we're going what we're doing today.
Absolutely I'm disheartened but I'm just -- -- I can't understand why some decisions have been made we glorify some some of the things we've done and I will -- curiosity was a tremendous accomplishment.
But their program started many many many years ago -- our program was funded many many years but I knew that it.
NASA is now been relegated to two incidents of fixing Toyota's going off cliffs and the unit looking into the their knowledge -- what went wrong not all the time but I mean.
That's a bad kind of a -- them.
I'm a lot for what's happened to our space program and he's great mind you know Wale what Terry what's happened -- -- -- how much credit that we take for curiosity and it.
And then take five billion dollars away from.
Created curiosity and made it happen.
-- five billion dollars away from them over the next five years how much commitment is sent to the future that's what I'm argument against you know we -- we can.
Give billions of dollars away to rescue.
A car company and we'll probably never get half of -- bad.
But we can't find.
A little money here and there are two.
To technology that needs to challenge your future all right Sosa.
I'm gonna leave I don't only -- and -- stated position but I want to -- -- -- -- you've seen every president.
I think since Kennedy right -- right after -- You had -- chance to be of Barack Obama if he were to come here.
But would you tell if he gave me the time we could sit down conflict you are well.
I -- what I believe that and why I believe it do I think country changes -- -- -- his agenda probably not.
I don't think he fully understand.
Is all -- she didn't literally grow up I don't know that I couldn't convince them why this is important I don't know that he wants.
To be first.
I don't know that he doesn't want us to plan a more level.
Favorite I don't know that he doesn't care if Russia -- China gets to the moon and -- -- and available we can talk about going asteroids and forty something we're gonna go to the -- give me -- -- give -- goal.
-- -- commitment.
To do something -- -- future so the American people get their hands around something when Kennedy said we're going of the movement it galvanized the country.
During the Cold War.
We all had a goal we're all striving for the state not just those we -- the tip -- the girl when we went to whom we had half a million people out there.
Who worked -- they committed themselves.
To making this happen we would just -- and result.
And -- removed some honest but you've been a wonderful hosts and we've been honored to be here this is to thank you terrorism -- just a special.
And I want to make it special for every young.
Kid that comes here for terms of national.
-- -- -- my boys down and we're gonna do that flight simulator thing and they will beat you.
I'll join you cannot get one of my.
That's kept it up.
Mono a mono -- you have a good time -- and I thank you very very much -- -- -- -- last man to walk on the surface -- -- -- -- -- --