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Moon launch: Americans wonder if NASA’s Artemis space program is worth the $93 billion cost


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Americans in the nation’s capital have widely told Fox News they are excited about NASA’s mission to get astronauts back to the Moon despite the cost of tens of billions of dollars

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

But Rick said: “While I love the space, it’s not my top priority. There are plenty of other reasons I would spend the public’s money.”

NASA is due to launch Artemis I, an unmanned rocket intended to circle the moon and return to Earth, on Saturday. Subsequent missions will be manned, including a third voyage that is expected to put the first woman on the moon.

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

NASA’s inspector general predicted the first four missions would cost $4.1 billion and told Congress the price “seems unsustainable to us.” He also projected that NASA would have spent $93 billion on the Artemis program by 2025.

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

“I think back to the Apollo missions and all the innovation, discovery, bringing Americans together, all the best scientists and engineers,” said Sarah, a former NASA contractor. “I am very much in favor of sending a man and a woman back to the moon.”

Jorge, from Dallas, said he was excited about the launch of Artemis I.

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

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Moon launch: Americans wonder if NASA’s Artemis space program is worth the  billion cost

Jorge told Fox News he was thrilled with the launch of Artemis I.
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Some remembered the Apollo missions, which in 1969 sent a man to the moon for the first time.

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

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

“I grew up in the 60s and was very excited about landing on the moon back then,” she said. “We should continue in this direction.”

Moon launch: Americans wonder if NASA’s Artemis space program is worth the  billion cost

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

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Artemis I was originally scheduled to lift off earlier this week, but weather and hardware issues postponed the launch. Not everyone felt he should resume at all.

“I’m an old man and I know we went there in 1969,” Peter told Fox News. “I don’t know what we got out of it other than that we could do it.”

Moon launch: Americans wonder if NASA’s Artemis space program is worth the  billion cost

NASA’s Artemis I Moon rocket is deployed at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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But others felt the United States should explore beyond the moon.

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

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Martin said there is “a whole universe out there and why limit ourselves to our planet if we have the capacity, the technology and the initiatives to move forward?”

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

The window for the second Artemis I launch attempt is expected to open at 2:17 p.m. EDT.


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