June 16, 2024

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Moon launch: Americans consider whether NASA’s Artemis space program is worth $93 billion

Moon launch: Americans consider whether NASA's Artemis space program is worth $93 billion

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Americans in the nation’s capital largely tell Fox News that they are excited about NASA’s mission to return astronauts to the Moon despite the cost of tens of billions of dollars.

“I think it’s time to come back,” Martin told Fox News. “It’s something that can bring us together, as humans and humans, to explore outer space.”

But Rick said, “As much as I love space, it’s not my top priority. There are plenty of other reasons I might spend public money.”

NASA on Saturday Artemis I . is scheduled to be launchedIt is an unmanned missile that aims to circumnavigate the moon and return to Earth. Subsequent missions will run, including a third that is expected to put the first woman on the moon.


The window for the second launch attempt of the Space System spacecraft and the Orion spacecraft is expected to open on September 3 at 2:17 p.m.
(AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA’s Inspector General predicted that the first four missions It will cost 4.1 billion dollars He told Congress that the price “considers us unsustainable.” Also expect to spend NASA $93 billion on Artemis by 2025.

But the cost didn’t matter to most Americans who spoke with Fox News.

“I look at the Apollo missions and all the innovations, the discoveries, that bring Americans together, all the best scientists and engineers together,” said Sarah, a former NASA contractor. “I strongly support sending a man and a woman to the moon.”

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Jorge, of Dallas, said he’s excited about the launch of Artemis I.

“I don’t remember the last time I saw someone in space,” he told Fox News.

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Jorge told Fox News he's excited about the launch of Artemis I.

Jorge told Fox News he’s excited about the launch of Artemis I.
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Some have been reminded of the Apollo missions, which in 1969 put a man on the moon for the first time.

“I’m old enough to remember the last person on the moon,” Norm told Fox News. “It was really cool, and I thought it was good for Americans to do it.”

“I think it’s a good idea for the United States,” Paula said.

“I grew up in the 1960s and was very excited about being pushed to land on the moon at the time,” she said. We must continue in this direction.”

NASA aims to put astronauts on the moon for the first time since the 1970s.

NASA aims to put astronauts on the moon for the first time since the 1970s.
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

NASA ready for second art 1 launch attempt on Saturday afternoon

Artemis was originally scheduled to take off earlier this week but Weather and hardware concerns launch order. Not everyone felt the need to appeal it at all.

“I’m an old man and I know we went there in ’69,” Peter told Fox News. “I’m not sure what we gained from it other than the fact that we could do that.”

But others felt the United States needed to explore just beyond the moon.

“We don’t just need to go to the moon, we need to see if we can go anywhere else,” Alfonso, of Florida, told Fox News.


“There is a whole world out there and why should we limit ourselves to our own planet only if we have the capacity, technology and initiatives to move forward?” Martin said.

“We have all this technology,” he said. “We have to use it.”

Window Artemis first attempt second launch It is expected to open at 2:17 PM ET.