Moon launch: Americans weigh in on whether NASA’s Artemis space program is worth the $93 billion cost

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Americans in the nation’s capital largely told Fox News that they are excited about NASA’s mission to return astronauts to the moon, despite costing tens of billions of dollars.

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

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

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

BUZZ ALDRIN PREDICT ARTEMIS PROGRAM AS APOLLO AN EXPERIENCE OF DECADES

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

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

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

“I look back on the Apollo missions and all the innovation, the discovery, bringing together Americans, the best scientists and engineers,” said Sarah, a former NASA contractor. “I’m a big believer in sending a man and a woman back to the moon.”

Jorge, from Dallas, said he’s excited about the Artemis I’m launching.

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

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Jorge told Fox News that he's excited about the Artemis I'm launching.

Jorge told Fox News that he’s excited about the Artemis I’m launching.
(Fox News Digital/Jon Michael Raasch)

Some were reminiscent of the Apollo missions, which first placed a man on the moon in 1969.

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

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

“I grew up in the ’60s and was pretty excited about the pressure to land the moon at the time,” she said. “We need to continue in that direction.”

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

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

NASA READY FOR SECOND ARTEMIS 1 LAUNCH ATTEMPT SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Artemis I was originally scheduled to take off earlier this week, but weather and hardware issues delayed the launch. Not everyone thought it should be resumed 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 got out of it, other than that we could do it.”

NASA's Artemis I Moon rocket is being rolled out at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

NASA’s Artemis I Moon rocket is being rolled out at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
((Photo by CHANDA KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images))

But others thought the US should explore beyond just the moon.

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

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Martin said there is “an entire universe and why limit ourselves to our planet when we have the ability, technology and initiatives to move forward?”

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

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

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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