As the new budget for NASA is being debated in Congress, it appears that the chairman of the subcommittee considering the space agency’s funding may be singing a tune that one of the country’s most famous astronauts would be happy to hear.
Republican Ted Cruz now chairs the Senate Commerce Space Subcommittee, and he’s none too happy with the direction NASA has been going since President Obama came into office.
As the website Space News reports, the Texas senator believes the agency has been spending way too much money on earth science — with a sharp focus on climate change — and not enough on its core mission of space exploration.
Putting more resources toward working on manned missions into space would certainly seem to be the preference of the second person to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.
Now 85-years-old, the Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission is still going strong, traveling the world and pushing hard for his country to invest in off-world adventures.
While visiting England’s mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge a few days ago, Aldrin had a classic picture taken as he looked toward the sky and pulled open his jacket in a Superman-like pose. He tweeted the photo with a hashtag that he frequently uses — #GYATM.
If you take a closer look at Aldrin’s T-shirt, you’ll see what that hashtag represents — his passionate desire to see a manned mission to Mars, a desire expressed in what might be considered a somewhat irreverent way. But for those who know Aldrin, it’s classic Buzz: “Get Your A** to Mars.”
As an article in USA Today notes, “Aldrin’s been spotted before wearing the #GYATM T-shirt to highlight his ShareSpace Foundation, an organization geared toward encouraging children in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.”
You might recall that back in 2002, when he was then 72-years-old, Aldrin made quite a splash when he was accosted by a “lunar truther” conspiracy theorist who demanded that the astronaut swear on the Bible that the moon landing wasn’t a fake. Aldrin proceeded to punch the man in the face and walked away.
h/t: USA Today
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