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♪ >> that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. >> 50 years ago today, neil armstrong made history as the first man to set foot on the moon, later planting the american flag along with his fellow astronaut buzz aldrin. today we're honoring that moment here at the kennedy space center here in florida and looking forward to america's future return to the moon and some day mars. welcome to this very special edition of america's news headquarters, remembering apollo 11.
i'm kristin fisher in the very room that armstrong, aldrin and michael collins suited up to make history. leland: we are going to talk to the surviving members of the crew. i'm leland vittert. think about 50 years ago, a country perhaps more divided than we are politically and yet, as you point out, those three men and thousands of people who worked on the space program came together for that one moment that brought the entire world together, united not in something bad, but in this incredible achievement for, as armstrong said, for mankind. kristin: yeah, it was all of humanity, really, come together and celebrating the first time that our species stepped food on the moon. half a billion people all over the world stopped what they were doing and watched and waited. [laughter]. kristin: wouldn't that be great and to this day, it's one of the
most watched tv broadcasts of all time and you can see why. 50 years later, i still get goosebumps just thinking about it and i think it's very special, the place we're in today. we're inside the astronaut crew quarters, inside what they call the suitup room and this is really the last stop before the apollo astronauts and most astronauts the last stop before they're headed out to the launch badment and right now you're looking at prototype suits, the orion mission some day talking them through the artemis program and to the moon. these panels, they go way back, decades. they're called suit test, they're used to control the pressure in the suit and monitoring the breathing, and check for leakage. this is where they did the final checks in preparation to make sure that the apollo astronauts
were suited up and ready to go. this is going to be the room in the future where astronauts continue to do their suitup checks before they go into space and here to talk about that, the legacy of apollo 11 and america's future in space is nasa astronaut stan love. he traveled on the shuttle in 2008 to the space station, and now he's doing cockpits and controls for future spacecrafts. welcome to the show, i'm so honored to have you here. what an exciting time it must be to be a nasa astronaut. for the first time in eight years you all are this close to be able to have an american rocket to take an american back into space with boeing and spacex. >> it's always exciting to be a nasa astronaut. kristin: that's true. >> it's exciting the whole time. we're looking forward to an american rocket on american
soil. and we've been riding with the russians. kazakhst kazakhstan-- >> we're sending up crew members at the space station joining three others there already. kristin: how excited were you to hear about president trump's proposal to put american astronauts on the moon by 2024? this is a big goal that's being set by the trump administrationment do you think that nasa is going to be able to pull it off? >> absolutely, it's our job and we've done it before so i'm sure we can do it again. i was thrilled. the space station is a wonderful place, but our agency is trying hard to turn over routine operations in low earth orbit to the private sector, and we will continue to explore out where the private sector cannot yet and the moon is the next logical step. kristin: you've been on board the international space station. so many people don't realize the
work and experiments taking place on the space station all the time. what are some of the things you were doing or other astronauts were doing on board that are going to help astronauts prepare for some of the future missions deeper into space. >> when i flew i was construction crew. so imagine remodeling your kitchen and trying to live in your house and while you're using your kitchen as a scientific laboratory. there were all kinds of things when i was there. my crew and i were there, we were construction crew. we were there were scientific experiments going on. but now that the space station is complete, it's dubbed a national laboratory and there are hundreds of experiments going on every day. we're looking into biology, earth science, physiology, combustion, studying the earth every day and sometimes a volcano erupts in a place where the people can't get to. the space station flies over and takes pictures and lets geologists know what's going on.
kristin: we're here because of apollo 11. what did the first lunar landing mean to you? >> i was four years old when the first lunar landing happened. when i was a kid in grade school my lunch pail was apollo. and one of my first memories from first grade when they wheeled in the black and white television set for us to watch the apollo 16 splashtown. john young was on the mission and little did i know that 30 years later i would be in front of john young asking him for a job. kristin: and a percentage would rather being internet or youtube stars rather than an astronaut. what can people like you do, i do, to encourage them to follow in the apollo?
>> you don't have to be an astronaut to be happy. i try to share my enthusiasm for what is still the coolest job in the world. i encourage your youtube fans to maybe get up from the couch now and then and consider engaging with reality. it can be very rewarding. kristin: stan love, thank you so much and you do have the coolest job in the world. >> thank you so much, my pleasure. kristin: thank you. recently i had the chance to sit down with stan's boss actually, nasa administrator jim bridenstine and i asked him about the trump administration's new plan called artemis. >> why do we call it artemis? if we look at greek mythology we're familiar with apollo, apollo was an amazing program to go to the moon in the 1960's. artemis happens to be in mythology the twin sister of apollo, she, artemis, happens to be the goddess of the moon and
we have a highly diverse astronaut core and some are women. the first women going to the moon is she in the astronaut core. >> yes, we have 38 astronaut core and 12 are women. they're highly qualified and anxious. they want to be the one. i have a 11-year-old daughter and i want hadder to see herselves as having every opportunity that i saw myself asking and when we send for the first time in human history women to the moon under the artemis program, i think it resets kind of the history that, you know, in apollo, we had great test pilots and fighter pilots, but there were no opportunities for women in those days. and today is very different. kristin: trying to go back to the moon in five years. are you confident that nasa can pull it off? >> i'm confident we can pull it off. what we're doing, we're going to the moon in a way that's never been done before. in other words, this time when
we go, we're going to stay and we're going to use the hundreds of millions of tons of water ice that nasa discovered in 2009. hundreds of tons. that's air to breathe, water to drink, and rocket fuel, like rocket fuel for the shuttle. and we are going to mar, what is the horizon goal? we are going to mars. kristin: to pull this off, it's going to take a lot of money. what your pitch going to be to the skeptical members of congress. >> we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 landing. remember where we were in the 1960's, the country was extremely divided. we had the vietnam war absolutely raging. there were riots in the streets and yet in the midst of all of
this, there was this one unifying effort that everybody on all sides could get behind. what was that? it was apollo. i'm here to tell you that that unifying kind much message was there today as it was in the 1960's. >> if nasa pulls this off, it's going to be a huge win for president trump. do you really think that these democrats are going to give it to him? >> this is not one party, this is about america, if we sustain reusableability and commercial partners and national partners, this is going to be an all-american program that will last generations into the future, not just administrations into the future, but generations into the future. kristin: and coming up, we'll have more of my interview with the nasa administrator. we'll talk about the failure of priess president's plan, why this didn't work.
he thinks that this time it's going to be different. leland. leland: and a fox news alert. the pentagon says it's going to deploy additional troops and military resources to the middle east, this as iran refuses to release a british tanker with 22 on board. the latest from the pentagon as the troops begin to move around the world. hi, lucas. >> hi, leland. for the first time in years they're sending troops. president trump issued this fresh warning from tie ran. >> iran is going showing their colors. iran is in big trouble right now, their economy is crashing, coming to a crash. they're trying to bring soldiers back home because they can't pay them. a lot of bad things are happening to them and it's very easy to straighten out for us to
make it worse. >> there are over-- and iran has detained all crew members on board the british tanker. it sits off the toes of iran. the it was called a hostile act. a british tanker seized an iran tanker. thursday, a ship destroyed a do drone, the u.s. equivalent and iran denied that the u.s. took down its drone. >> based so far, we have no information about losing a drone. >> it went down at the fact that the foreign minister either didn't know or lied about it, i can't account for, it happened.
>> republican senator tom would the ton is demanding that the they release that oil tanker. we'll be at our phones. lucas, thank you so much. with that we bring in general jack keane, an analyst. general, is the president right when he says, quote, iran is in big trouble? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. the strategic offensive campaign that this administration is conducting to isolate iran politically, diplomatically and economically has put iran back on its heels in a way i've not seen in 39 years. this regime has never been truly confronted by a democratic president before except in the 1980's, by ronald reagan. leland: does it looks like
they're on their heels. >> the mistakes they're making i haven't seen before. look what happened to them. they sabotage six tankers and we caught them at it. all six indisputable evidence. they backed down from that. they shot down an american drove. the president, as opposed to taking the kinetic response, didn't do that. that's with you us. the other day, sharif, the foreign minister is back in new york city, well, we'll put this up for negotiation and his bosses found out and shut him down in 24 hours. leland: you get the sense there's a lot of working parts in the iranian regime. here is what the british foreign minister had to say about their
response. take a listen. >> we're not looking at the options we're looking at the diplomatic way to resolve the situation, but we are very clear that it must be resolved, navigation in the gulf is absolutely essential. leland: boy, the brits have come a long way since iron lady margaret thatcher. no military options they say. >> here is where we are. the brits seized a iranian tanker and a few hours of them taking the. the gibralter court, which works for the bridgette government made the argument that it's in retaliation for that, it does not have anything to do with that incident. the iranians, they're like the chinese communists the north korean audiences.
they have an audience at home and have their hands around their throat. they don't haven't to weakness. they're retaliating against the brits, demonstrating not only to the region, but the people at home that they're still powerful. leland: real quick, we heard from lucas, great reporting for him, we heard there are more american troops headed to the region. carrier group there. these are close quarters and the iranians are shown they could be hoose -- hostile. >> on scene commanders have the authority to act to protect themselves. this is a defensive part of the strategy. the offensive part i just described in terms of political, diplomatic and economic, but the
defensive strategies, more troops in the region to do what? secure the iranians and protecting them. >> and general, good to see you, we hope we don't have to see you the rest of the weekend. kristin? kristin? >> leland i have just taken the historic walk down astronaut crew quarters from the suitup room to where the dining room and they had their final meal before climbing onto the launch pad and on top that saturn rocket. >> t-minus 25 seconds. 20 seconds and counting. t-minus 15 seconds, guidance is internal. 12, 11, 10, 9-- ignition sequence start. 6--
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harrison smith. thank you for joining me at the fancy table. i feel we should have had a steak or some food lined up for you. >> steak and eggs, and knew the chef when i was staying here, produced some fantastic desserts, which of course, because you're working very hard, you could eat. kristin: of course, have a dessert and not feel guilty about it. what was your final meal before you launched on apollo 17? >> it was steak and eggs. kristin: oh, it was steak and eggs? >> it was to have a low residue diet for obvious reasons and that was the launch breakfast. actually our breakfast was an evening meal because we were launching around midnight. kristin: well, and you can't see it right now, but our viewers at home, you can see footage of the apollo 11 astronauts this very dining room, neil armstrong, buzz aldrin, mike collins sitting at the tables and having the final meals. in addition to eating, what would you be talking about and
doing and thinking about in that final few minutes? >> well, the main thing we were thinking about and i think all the crews were, is the weather going to cooperate. and in fact, we had our last weather briefing at breakfast. they would bring in the weather maps and we'd go over them and make sure that everything was going to work for us at the scheduled time. that was the most important thing. we had gone through all those checklists and everything long before, so that was not critical. we knew all of that pretty much like the back of our hand, yeah. kristin: in and out. what's the tone like? is there joking? people laughing or much more serious? >> it's somber, serious, but still the main tone is, let's get this going, because we certainly don't want to go through another month of training. because if you don't take off, if weather or some other reason comes along that you don't take off on that launch day, then you have to wait a month in order to
get to the site that you want to to on the moon. kristin: and you were the buildup to that moment, right? like having to wake up and go, oh, this is the day i'm going to launch in space and get there, and oh, you know, thunderstorm comes and it gets scrubbed. that must be a brutal wait. >> well, our thunderstorm was a hold at 30 seconds and that gets your attention, believe me. and we were lying there ready to go and 30 seconds to the launch control computer decided it didn't like what it saw and stopped the launch so we waited another two hours, actually two hours and 40 minutes for everything to be worked out and they found the problem and we eventually launched within the launch window for our landing site. kristin: so we're here for the big apollo 11 anniversary, on apollo 17 you got to do something the apollo astronauts did not. you got to ride the infamous moon buggy. that seems to me it might be the most fun. >> that was a remarkable
addition to the apollo mission. the lunar module was the module the challenger was one, could carry more payload. because of that we could take this lunar rover or moon buggy as you called it, to the moon and it did extend the exploration capability of the astronauts. we were outside the spacecraft for three different excursions for 22 hours, a little over 22 hours and most of that was actually using the lunar rover to move across this deep mountain valley in with i we landed and we traveled 35 kilometers on that. kristin: that's incredible. harrison schmidt, and leland and others at home going, this is the astronaut dining room? it's no frills, nasa wanted to put the money into keeping the
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>> you are looking at live pictures from the nasa tv soyuz rocket launch headed to the international space station. it just launched in kazakhstan. let's listen in. and on board is nasa astronaut andrew morgan, along with an italian astronaut and a russian cosmonaut. this is the first mission for morgan. he will be spending nine months at the international space station. >> bottom of your screen, top of your screen, stand by for first stage separation. ♪ >> well, right now we're dealing with a very earthly problem because millions of americans are dealing with dangerously hot and humid
conditions across most of the country including here at kennedy space station, space center here in florida. leland: outside walking around the rocket park. here in d.c. as well. they say it could get as hot-- heat index as hot as death valley in d.c. kristin: that's brutal. leland: here is rick reichmuth in the extreme weather center tracking it all. and this is now extreme heat. >> florida feels pretty good sorry to say comparatively especially across the central plains. heat indices in iowa up to 119 degrees, 115 in minneapolis yesterday. right here in the cornbelt the corn actually releases moisture and makes it more humid in the atmosphere and it worse. you see the heat advisories in effect. see that break here, that's the appalachian mountains and we don't have the advisories because just the elevation is helping things out a little bit.
everybody else dealing with it today. you'll notice a little bit of a break toward the north. we have the showers down across the southwest and the temps are down at least temporarily. these big storms are moving across the northern plains are dropping the temperatures a lot and eventually it's going to bring big relief for us. 67 degrees, almost 50 degrees cooler than what it felt like yesterday. this is today hot across nebraska and iowa. that cold front moving through nebraska, headed to omaha. by tomorrow, you're going to be much better. the eastern seaboard, we have to get through today and tomorrow for the heat and by monday, everybody begins a nice cooldown. so just two more days, guys, can you handle it? can you handle it? >> i don't know. they tell us to turn down the air conditioning, it's only allowed to be 78 degrees, they say. >> yeah, 78. leland: in new york, that's not too comfortable.
>> that's hot. leland: appreciate it, rick. we'll check back in with you. >> you bet. ♪ >> altitude 42. >> you're go for landing. over. go for landing. 2000 feet. >> you're looking great. >> rocket 1201 alarm. >> 1201 # alarm. >> we're go for flight. >> we're go. >> the eagle has landed. >> neil armstrong and buzz aldrin landing on the moon 50 years ago today. july 20th, 1969 at 4:17 p.m. eastern. as half a billion people were holding their breath watching and waiting for the eagle to land on the moon. one man in mission control was in charge of keeping the apollo team on track. director gene krantz is a legend at nasa, flight director for the apollo lunar landing and apollo 13's harrowing flight back home.
and he testified what it will take to get astronauts back on the moon and on mars. >> kennedy's national impetus, and assured our success. there were more technical capability than, but there was a lack of prioritization. i believe the general support for space, and to see it continue, but without unity, the space exploration program will be grounded. kristin: so i caught up with gene krantz on capitol hill after that hearing and asked him where the first lunar landing ranks in his career. >> apollo 11 is the number one. it had to be before perfect, crisp and right on track. and with communication problems,
navigation problems and we had the landing radar and then as a result of trajectory abberation we were landing long and out of fuel so i've got a controller calling to me, 60 seconds, -- by the time he said we had landed on the moon. it was incredible not to me, the people behind me started applauding. and i had to maintain the room, and we had to assure it was safe to keep the spacecraft on the moon two hours afterward we could celebrate with the rest of the world. kristin: how did you celebrate? >> i had the flag and my team, and inspired them to do the job. teamwork is the essential ingredient to success in space flight and i had a team and i was damn proud of it. kristin: when that descent was happening, and eagle was about to land. are you cool and calm.
>> oh, yeah. kristin: or your heart beating out of your chest? >> i was clock oriented and by the time we had the decent i had prepared an integrated timeline so i could visualize everything that was normal so anything that stuck out of my timeline in my brain, hey, problem to work on. so the real challenge was to stay on that timeline and watch the clock and basically respond to any call, the crew made or the guys made and we did it darn near perfectly that day. kristin: back in 1969 if somebody told you 50 years from now no human would go beyond what the apollo astronauts did this space, would you have believed it? >> no, no, in fact, it was-- i got the first clue because i also launched gene cernan from earth and the surface of the moon on apollo 17 and one of the last thing the flight director does before lift-off, review the message from the president that the captain will read up to the crew once they're safely in
orbit and president nixon saying this may be the last time in the century, and all of a sudden, why? we're ready to go that day. kristin: you recently led the fund raising efforts to restore that old apollo era mission control. what was it like for you to walk back in there for the first time? >> i was 50 years younger. i didn't walk into the room-- i walked into the viewing room and looked at it and this was, i mean, this was-- it was so different so unexpected and i've been taking kids there online and it was dim and dingy and dirty, all of a sudden it's alive and i'm alive. i get misty. kristin: and today-- it's a question of leadership, we need it nationally and embedded in every level of the programs and it isn't something that can be decreed, it has to
happen. you need these people who can inspire the people to say, this is our job and we're going to do it, we're going to do it well and do it in the time frame we've got. kristin: it's personal and emotional for you? >> oh, very, so, yeah. kristin: that the united states kind of languished in low earth orbit. >> i looked at people who came know mission control for apollo. i was a cold war warrior, i said we're in this do win the cold war, to capture space, we're in this to get the high ground. kristin: president trump wants the united states to go back to the moon. the vice-president has said by 2024. so there is some leadership. >> he's given us a challenge to get back to the moon by 2024, and build the team, the organization, the structure, the leadership that will make that happen. i think he's going to stay with that direction. i think that is going to be part of his heritage as president. kristin: where are you in the age-old debate should we go to the moon first or mars or
straight to mars. >> it's always moon. now, it's always moon because i'm a camper and when you go out camping for the first time you bring a lot of stuff that you don't need and some stuff that you wish you brought. so it takes you five, six, eight times before you're going out camping and you've got the right stuff. i think when you go back to mars, you want to go to mars you better darn well have some experience in camping out on the moon. kristin: what is your message to younger generations who might not have been alive for apollo, what would you say to get them excited about this? >> i want to take a look at their history books and see what they're teaching about space. because very possibly, a good portion of work we did, the challenges we face and why we did it has been neutered. i think there's an awful lot there we must carry to the children because if we inspire them because they're the ones that will carry that message forward. you know, their parents are basically going to be, maybe paying the tacks for this thing, but it's the younger generation that is going to be the astronauts, the mission
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months old, dr. anna lee fisher was the first mother and fourth american woman in space. a year later, dr. bill fisher also flew into space on the space shuttle and conducted two space walks. at the time the longest space walk in history and so, i am just so excited that both of my parents are here with me today. dad, i'm going to start with you because 50 years ago today you were 23 years old and you were a mountain climbing instructor and camp counsellor in switzerland and upset that the camp director was not going to let you and the other counsellors and campers watch the lunar landing happening at 5 in the morning. so what did you do? >> i had my campers all whipped up with an apollo fury. we had bought a pig and roast it had before the apollo launch and dedicated that to the success of the mission, but we-- >> i think we have a picture of that pig here, too. look at you with that hair, my goodness, who would have known that guy would have grown up to be an astronaut. >> we listened to the launch on
television and i promised my guys, we are going to watch it in a village nearby because they had tv coverage there. on the night of getting ready to go our camp counsellors, the boss of the camp said nobody's going. he'd had second thoughts about safety and things. so i got my guys together and i said this is not going to happen and i said this is apollo 11 and we are he' going. meet me at 2 a.m. in the parking lot. 2 a.m. people climbing down fire escapes and out of windows because they had a guard at the front. we jogged down to a small swiss village and found a tavern that had television set up on boxes to watch there in switzerland the middle of night we got to watch the first human being set foot on the moon. and we cleared and cried and outside we heard a noise in the tavern and opened the doors on the streets, hundreds of swiss, villages and carrying torches, crying out. >> on the moon. >> hundreds more carrying
torches. >> when we returned to the camp you were fired on the spot and you never saw a lot of those campers again and 47 years later, i was on fox news and i got done with a report, and i got an e-mail from somebody named steven, he was one of those campers that my father took to sneak out and watch the lunar landing and he wrote me a letter, and wrote somebody a letter which he shared with me, i want to read you one clip. he said bill was a man of adventure and rebullion-- rebellion, nothing was going to stop us from sneaking out of camp at midnight running like escaping convicts down the village bar. and when one small step for man, so did bill fisher's job as a camp counsellor. he had the right stuff and he was my hero.
>> it was in my nature. i was at the first grade and count down 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 all the way to blastoff. something i have inside me and not alone. a lot of people are like that. >> mom, were you one of those people as well. you dreamed of going to space and didn't know it was possible because you're a woman and now you became, you were in the first class of female astronauts, one of the first women in space and now with the artemis program they say that they want that, one of the first astronauts on the moon to be a woman. what does that mean to you? >> well, it's just amazing that we've come that far and i just wesh i could be the one that gets to step on the moon. but, yes, it would just be so wonderful and i can't believe, you know, that we've come this far. kristin: and the women in the astronaut corps now, one of them is going to be that first woman on the moon, and you often talked about how fierce the competition was to be the first
woman in space. yes, you were friends, but you were also competitors. any advice to the women astronauts today as they compete to get that first title? >> i think it's very important to do the best job you can and to enjoy this amazing opportunity you're going to have. i think if you get lost in the competition, you lose track of just how lucky you are. there's still only slightly 500 people that have ever gone into space and just to be one of them is a true honor, and just to enjoy everything. and don't let it get ruined by all the competition. >> mom and dad you have both done such an amazing job in your lives of inspiring other people to explore and become astronauts. you, with steven and the campers. mom with all the work you do going to schools and speaking to children. my final question is just what happened to me? how did you fail at convincing me to become an astronaut or going into stem? >> i did the best i can, but now i'm working on my granddaughter
clara. we've got her a lot of good science books and everything. >> and any words of inspiration. >> you did what you wanted to do and we never gave you-- >> i meant in relation to the world, but hey, i'll take it. thank you for letting me choose my own path and i'm so proud to be your daughter. >> we're proud to have you. kristin: leland. leland: they certainly did a good job with you and an inspiration to so many others. meantime, bee look at the washington monument that's been lit up as part of a three-day tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. a little bit more on how they put a saturn five on the washington monument when we come back. we're the slowskys.
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aldrin and michael collins in the oval office and highlighted his administration's efforts to revitalize the program. >> we took it over, they were covered with grass, broken in bad shape. it was not a pretty picture. they were almost, you could say abandoned, and now they're in tiptop shape. kristin: nasa's new mission is to return to the moon in just five years, but the big question is will congress fund it? so joining us now is the chairwoman of the house science based and house committee, texas democrat -- can you hear me okay? >> yes. kristin: hi, thank you for being on the show. >> i can. well, thank you. kristin: so congresswoman where do you stand on the artemis program? do you support it?
>> well, we are looking at what we can understand about the program that's being proposed to the future. i'm enthusiastically supportive of nasa and the research and always excited to meet the astronauts and see the activity, been very impressed with what has come from all of that research. as a matter of fact, it has been costly, but for every $5, every $1 we've spent we've gotten $5 back in services, products, and in all the findings. so it's a very exciting program and successful. kristin: so when the trump administration comes to you and says, hey, we're going to need between 20 to 30 billion dollars over the next five years likely to fund it, are you going to support it? >> i don't know yet. i'll have to find out exactly what we need and whether or not
it will do what we intend for it to do. i'm in the process of trying to do some research to see and try to understand what's being asked of us for the committee. i have not yet come to a clear understanding because every time we look at the budget sent over, all of the activities that support what is being proposed has been cut. the staff has been cut, they're moving around the expertise. i'm concerned as to whether or not i can understand the details, which i don't have yet, of how they plan to move ahead. and as soon as i understand that to the best that i can understand what's being talked about we've not been able to get all of the information. kristin: so i understand that you need more information and nasa and the nasa administrator says they're working to provide that to you and when they get it to you, you'll be able to dig
into the numbers deeper, but big picture here we're looking back at the anniversary of apollo 11. do you believe it's beneficial for our nation to make another big goal there, the moon, mars, whatever it is, and set a big goal and achieve it. do you think we need it again? >> we've always been able to set the goals and meet them with a good budget and a sound budget. we've not even had the speaker present it to us yet when the administration came before us-- >> congresswoman i'm so sorry to cut you off. we're running a little out of time. thank you for coming on the show, we're moments away from vice-president. of savings and service.
>> vice president mike pence is at the kennedy space center about to make a big announcement about nasa and new mission, 50 years to the day that neil armstrong and buzz aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. welcome to the special edition of america's news headquarters, the historic astronaut crew quarters by the apollo 11 launchpad. i am kristin fisher.
>> when you see a few more photographs of a young kristin fisher and her parents, we will see we can dig a few more of those out, what a great our, great experience, and showing us around. >> we have some tank, space ice cream, we've got to get you to see one of these rocket launchers, one of the new american-made rockets finally launched with american astronauts on board. >> buzz aldrin noted it has been 10 years since the united states and one of its own astronauts to the international space station. >> it has been quite some time but not quite as long as what we saw 50 years ago today, millions of americans were launching -- watching the eagle lander land on the moon and visitors from all over the country are celebrating that legacy by exploring the attractions right here at the kennedy space center and phil keating is live in what they call the rocket garden with
more. >> a lot of apollo 11 activity happening today on a huge day for nasa and the united states and thousands upon thousands of people who in the 60s developed the science and technology that executed the greatest human feet in human history. a 9 day mission to the moon and back, leaving behind human footprints, all three astronauts surviving and instantly become legends. >> that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. >> that neil armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, who passed away 7 years ago. still alive are the other two, buzz aldrin and michael collins, both attending 50th system is this week. apollo 11 led to five other
apollo missions which landed on the moon. that followed the mercury and gemini programs that paved the way. for anyone 55 years and up have some the memories of this day and 69, we met up with astronaut chris ferguson who commanded the final space shuttle mission and by the end of this year expects to return to space on the first boeing star liner capsule. >> i was watching it on a black-and-white television in my parents basement, i was 6 or 7 years old and i was woken up by my dad who said you got to remember this. i did. if that didn't happen i know i wouldn't be here. >> reporter: 90 minutes ago air force two landed here. buzz aldrin, and jim bryden stein toward the historic launch pad 309a. they are hosting a commemorative apollo 11 event at the neil
armstrong building and they will be not only praising the accompaniments of apollo 11 but also pivoting to the lunar future and the artemis mission which the trump administration hopes to return man and woman to the lunar surface starting five years from now. >> phil keating, thank you. i was out there yesterday and it is neat to see all these kids, their parents coming around and getting inspired by these old rockets and capsules, one of the apollo program's greatest achievements was its ability to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts. its legacy lives on at the smithsonian air and space museum, the most visited museum in the country and i caught up with one of the curators responsible for preserving the apollo 11 artifacts. start by showing some of your favorite artifacts from apollo
11. >> i am so excited we have this case on display for the 50th anniversary of apollo 11, the first landing on the moon in 1969. we would usually feature columbia which is the command module. columbia is on the national tour. >> reporter: this is a checklist. >> this is a checklist. this gives you operations on a day by day and you can see on the left-hand side they labeled it the old lunar scratchpad. they gave them a little space to take notes and keep track. somebody was having a little bit of fun. you can see it is fully annotated, taking notes on measurements, making their own list of things to do on their way to the moon. this is an apollo lunar surface return container where you put your rocks, your lunar regolith samples and this is the kind of tool you would use to scoop that up. the apollo lunar suit is good at protecting the astronaut but not
good at being able to move that much. you wanted to reach down to the surface without having to bend over too much. >> reporter: rock samples are being opened for the first time. they have been totally vacuum sealed. >> one of the things we know in science is we will always no more in the future so they built that in, they started and ended experiment and did research with those rocks as soon as they came back but they held some back with the idea that 50 years from now we will have new techniques so being able to open those up for research now allows people to continue to learn from the science that was done 50 years ago. what we found was one of several curators who went to neil armstrong's home after he died in 2012 and we had an opportunity to go through his office and think about what could come to the smithsonian and we were astounded to find that this is in his closet. he had some pieces he had taken
his personal souvenirs and brought home with him. the pieces here, really what was superinteresting was this data acquisition camera. >> that was found in neil armstrong's office. >> the personal closet in his bedroom. something that was not necessarily on the plan to bring back to earth but we are delighted that it was. this is one of the things that took those pictures out of the lunar lander window as they were coming down. it came from that upper window, came from that camera. >> reporter: another apollo 11 artifact that was unveiled at the air and space museum is neil armstrong's spacesuit. was taken off the flight 13 years ago but thanks to a kickstart a campaign that raised half $1 million in just 5 days, it is back to the public.
>> so many of us remember our first trip to air and space and how it inspired people in aviation, the astronaut corps and so many other things, questions in terms of what the future of american spaceflight looks like. you have been talking about this and we talked about it with one of the two men from the apollo 11 crew who are still with us. we will check in with buzz aldrin later but first michael collins, once called the loneliest man in the world as he circled the moon in the command module while his crewmates descended to the lunar surface. 50 years later, and during lessons. >> the space program is good for the country and good for all of us. i think that is a lesson that is increasingly on my mind as i hear these plans about going back to the moon, going to mars and so forth. >> reporter: are we doing enough to support it? >> i think so. i'm not sure it has to be a race, a speed contest.
as long as we know where we want to go and how to go about it, a leisurely pace is just find. >> the apollo program was not a leisurely pace. >> president kennedy said a man on the moon by the end of the decade and that was a masterpiece of simplicity, something that helped us. >> we don't have that goal, no one set a goal and a timeframe. does that need to be done? >> it would be very helpful. this administration wants to go back to the moon, the moon is a jumping off point. there's a lot of solid science behind it. >> donald trump quoted you yesterday talking about that. quoted in the oval office and just another day. how often do you think about 50 years ago today? >> not very often.
i lead a quiet life. i will be walking along down my street at night when it is starting to get dark and since something over my right shoulder and i look up and see that little sliver up there and think that's the moon! i've been there! takes me by surprise. >> your story and apollo 11 stories inspired many americans to be pilot and military officers and engineers and doctors and pursue all these different goals. has america lost that kind of intensely good public service role model? >> i don't think so. there are so many facets that have nothing to do with space, or space exploration. i think the country is in pretty good shape by and large. >> this is the museum you
started and you found it in the 70s to bring air and space to light. to so many people. has an achievable you wanted to? what needs to be done to inspire the next generation? >> i think sending people up into space gets youngsters excited. depends on where they are going, who they are, how they handle it. it is a facet of our civilization. we have many many cultural affairs and some scientific affairs. and look up to both aspects of our life here. there has been a generation. >> there has been a duration that looked up to you. >> thank you very much. >> he touched on this a little bit but you have to go back to that speech from president kennedy where he said we will go to the moon in this decade not because it is easy but because it is hard.
>> so true. i am stuck watching your interview with michael collins saying i don't think about apollo 11 all that much. celebrations all over the country to mark this moment, don't think about it. >> you grew up with the astronaut corps and there is a real humility among most, perhaps not all but a humility in this attitude of confidence that is one thing on earth, and listening to neil armstrong go to the lunar surface, when you hear astronauts talk, a different breed of human being then you grew up with. >> i would put my father in a different category. he is a fiery personality with that rebellious streak. i got a different taste of it.
in addition to those astronauts that you talk to, he personifies that cool, calm nature that is a hallmark of everybody at nasa. >> there's not a lot of americans who are cool right now because there are millions, tens of millions dealing with beyond dangerous heat this weekend. the fox extreme weather center, 1:00 eastern time, getting into that worst of the worst time. >> dc's the bull by, it is getting better, minneapolis had a heat index of 115 ° today into the 60s. a cold front moving through, 63 ° in minneapolis, feels like 100 one in kansas city, 103 in chicago, 103 in new york. on the radar picture, this storm bubbling up, it is cooling down
a little bit temporarily at least. this line of storms, watch out for that strong wind anticipated and a tornado or two as well. to the south of it we have a heat index today across the eastern seaboard, 105 in boston, 102 in wilmington. tomorrow the same story. dc at 1:10. taking us forward, actual air temperatures today and we have this front dripping through to the south and that will cool things off chicago 76, feels very good. we are hard across the southeast. look at this. here's monday temperatures, still on monday, 92 in dc, look at this. everybody will be breathing a big sigh of relief once the next front comes through and brings
-- the dangerous one, look in on your neighbors, the elderly and everyone you can this weekend. >> they talk summer in dc. there's a reason the growth of the federal government can be directly linked to the invention of air conditioning. it is not pleasant to be here on a summer saturday. we will continue to watch it. thanks. >> we are waiting a major announcement from mike pence at the kennedy space center and we will bring you his remarks live as soon as they happen, special coverage of the apollo 11 anniversary. >> you are coming down the letter now. >> i'm at the foot of the latter. i'm going to step off the m. that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. no matter what i wore, i worried someone might see
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>> last night thousands of people relived the launch of apollo 11 in the nation's capital and i'm bummed that i missed. the saturn 5 rocket was projected on the washington monument since tuesday. if you missed last night there will be three more chances to see it tonight. >> so many people remember when 50 years ago, a friend of mine, one of my first into little memories was watching with my dad. continuing to relive the moments from 50 years ago today. vice president mike pence about to take the stage at the kennedy space center. we will check with him in his
announcement as it happens but first a little politics back here in dc and new jersey, donald trump is at his club for the weekend but his dispute with those four democratic congress women known as the squad continues. allison barber traveling with the president joins us with more. >> reporter: yesterday when the president was asked about this dispute with the squad is politically good for him or if it is turning people off donald trump told reporters on the south lawn he does not care. >> they call our country garbage, i don't care about politics, i don't care if it is good or bad about politics, many people state is good. i don't know if it is good or bad. i can tell you this. you can't talk that way about our country. not when i am the president. i think they have said horrible things, they are anti-semitic.
>> a key part of the 2020 strategy. at this point, the predominant group of progressive congresswomen tended to focus more on trying to tie the entire democratic party to the policies they advocate for like the green new deal. now it seems more personal. all of this as tensions in the persian gulf continue to ramp up with iran seizing two oil tankers, one flying a british flag, the other he liberian flag. is -- foreign secretary confirms those seizures in the strait of hormuz donald trump told reporters grew, what he was saying about iran, they are trouble. but things will work out. >> iran is showing their colors, going to work nicely, iran is in big trouble right now. the economy is crashing, coming to a crash. trying to bring soldiers home because they can't pay them. a lot of bad things are
happening to them. it is easy to make it a lot worse. >> one of the semi-official news agencies in iran is reporting the liberian flag tanker has been released. >> we will watch that in the president's twitter feed to get anything else. allison barber in new jersey, thanks for that. a live look at the stage of the kennedy space center, there is the nasa administer giving remarks ahead of the vice president. talking so long about that goal from john kennedy's speech that we will land a man on the moon in this decade and do it not because it is easy but because it is hard. do we get anything like that today from the vice president or are things more incremental? >> what you are going to be hearing today some kind of
announcement, some sort of advancement about the artemis program, perhaps something to do with the orion capsule, the capsule that is being built here and worked on, where the astronauts are going to go into and that is the capsule that will take them up to the moon or maybe someday mars. the goal according to the trump administration, nasa and the vice president, donald trump seemed iffy in that oval office meeting yesterday but the stated goal at least on paper is nasa is going to go to the moon and put american astronauts there by 2024 and i think that is what the vice president is going to be talking about today. >> is there a simple explanation to the relatively subquestion of we put men on the moon in ten years from president kennedy's declarations when it happened, less then 10 years and yet it seems so hard for nasa to do
just about anything, no big announcements, the shuttle program has been gone, there seems to be that is predict. >> if you want nasa to do something. if you want nasa to achieve those goals you were talking about, you have to give them money. congress has to fund it. our government and the american people decided it was worth taxpayer dollars to go against the soviet union and put american boots on the moon. if nasa can do it, nasa says we are here, we are ready, we have the rockets, the team, we are ready to go. they need the money, the mission and a set goal and they needed not to waiver. >> you make a good point. over the various administrations and special program into the goalposts for nasa keeps changing and it is one thing
when you work for 10 years towards one goal and you have the funding to do it, unlimited budget that was exceeded. at the same time, you have the idea now that the goalposts always change. if we want our own space station or put people in space do we go to the moon, do the moon and then mars, etc.. >> for the last 20 years, every time a new administration, a new president has come into the white house nasa's direction has changed. that sort of whiplash within the workforce that nasa has made it tough for nasa to achieve a lot of the goals they would like. it is not just nasa but we have commercial crew partnering with companies like space x and boeing who are soon by the end of this your next you're going to finally send american astronauts back into space to the international space station onboard american-made rockets but launch from american soil for the first time in eight
years, american astronauts will not have to go all the way to keswick stand to launch into space on a russian rocket. >> you look back 50 years ago, talking to general keane about this as well as others, kennedy and king were shot in 68. there were race riots, this was a country so divided in 1969 and then you had these three men head to the moon, armstrong and aldrin walk on the moon and brought the country together and to realize their own humanity. is there any discussion of their ability to do that again? is that part of the discussion at all or has it been lost a little bit? >> if you talk to people at nasa, they have no doubt about what they are capable of
achieving. kind of using the history and the momentum that came from the apollo program, they believe they can do it again. as jean krantz said in that interview he said we do things right now. we need leadership, we need unity. he thinks donald trump may be on the right track, he doesn't know he likes that he put a big goal out there, he will not like what he saw in the oval office where he seemed to waiver, are we going to the moon or mars directly? we need the leadership and the unity. by unity means congress to come together to achieve some sort of bipartisan approval to fund this program that is going to take $20-$30 billion over five years. >> there is even disagreement on how to get to mars. you talked to administrator brydon stein earlier in the show.
one of the things he will be asking for is more of those dollars. listen in a moment. >> in greek with policy, artemis happens to be the twin sister of apollo and the goddess of the moon. this time when we go to the moon we go with all of america. after the 1969 moon landing, armstrong, aldrin and collins signed a silkscreen patch flown aboard apollo 11. this is an interesting story and don't think it is told enough. they flew on apollo 11 a silkscreen patch and presented it to nasa for safekeeping, inscription on the patch reads, quote, carried to the moon aboard apollo 11, presented to the mars one crew.
looking forward into the future. it is only appropriate that a patch which witnessed humanity's first giant leap should be there for its second giant leap. with the legacy of apollo and leadership of donald trump and vice president mike pence, nasa's future mission to mars is fast approaching. it is my honor to introduce to you the chairman of the national space council and the vice president of the united states, mike pence. ♪ >> governor ron desanti
bridenstine, the dedicated men and women of nasa and especially rick armstrong and members of the neil armstrong family and apollo 11 astronaut buzz aldrin. it is my great honor to be here with all of you today. great to be back here at the john f. kennedy space center and as chairman of the national space council with my wonderful wife karen. celebrate, to celebrate with all of you the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 moon landing. half a century ago, will be remembered forever.
[applause] >> i have been looking forward to this day but allow me to bring greetings from another great space enthusiast and great champion of america's leadership in space i begin by bringing greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, donald trump. today our nation pays tribute to brave astronauts who sat atop a 360 foot rocket. lift often pad a 39 a, two who walked on the moon 50 years ago today. we pay tribute to the 400,000
americans, engineers, technicians who sacrifice and dedication for apollo 11 to complete what the president called the most hazardous and dangerous and great adventure on which mankind has ever embarked. let's hear it for all those who supported these three brave astronauts 50 years ago. [applause] >> when president kennedy challenged the nation in 1961 to put a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth before the decade was out. it is important to remember that our country was not yet ready to meet that challenge. we didn't have the rockets or the launchpad's or the
spacesuits or the lander. we hadn't even invented many of the materials or tools that we would need. not only did we not have what we needed but we didn't even know what we needed. president kennedy summarized that epic endeavor in one simple sentence. we choose to go to the moon and make no mistake about it. the moon was a choice and an american choice. [applause] >> like every time the american people make up their mind, once the decision was made, american ingenuity, grit and determination, the achievement was inevitable. the only challenges that remain were challenges of engineering and science. the moon didn't come easy. and it didn't come without cost and it didn't come without grave danger.
or without sacrifice. to this day americans grieve the loss of three brave astronauts of apollo 1 who were lost in a fire on the launchpad in january 1967. we think of them and their families even today. the risks for apollo 11 were so great, the odds were so long, that many fear that even if our astronauts made it to the moon they might not make it back. in fact, history records that president nixon prepared a speech in the event of tragedy, where he would explain to the nation that the vision had failed. but of course the mission didn't fail. after all, with 400,000 men, women behind the mission at nasa and with the hearts and prayers of the american people, how could it fail?
[applause] >> at the controls of the apollo 11 lunar module known as eagle, stood two great americans. mission commander neil armstrong and a man who is with us today, lunar module pilot buzz aldrin. [applause] >> circling overhead was command module pilot michael collins. [applause] >> just picture it. 50 years ago today at almost
exactly this our neil armstrong and those aldrin were halfway into their power descend on the final leg of their landing on the moon. there they were, standing beside one another in a capsule not much bigger than a couple of telephone booths, just minutes from touchdown. they thought they were ready for every contingency. after all as both told me a few days ago they had spent two years intensively training for this moment and they had run almost 600 simulated landings all designed to be more difficult than the real thing. and all of a sudden, neil armstrong called out to houston that eagle had a 1202 alarm. nobody on board or in houston
had any idea what is 1202 alarm was. eagle's like computer was overloading. not only could they not see the moon out their windows, they couldn't see how far they were from the surface. not a good way to fly. and yet how calm they were. working with the team back here on earth they quickly resolved the problem without displaying the slightest anxiety. people all over the world were watching with no idea that anything had gone wrong. that, my friends, is what they used to call the right stuff. there is a reason neil armstrong as well was called the ice
commander. when the original landing area turned out 3 so full of large boulders that landing there would have doomed the mission and the crew, history records that neil armstrong calmly took control of the lunar module, skimmed along the top of the surface of the moon in search for a safe place to touchdown and by the time he found a safe spot known to all of us as tranquility base, armstrong and aldrin had only 17 seconds of fuel remaining. like every one of my generation iran member that day. 600 million people around the world were watching their tvs and listening to their radios, waiting with admiration,
anxiety, and wonder. and i was one of them. a little boy sitting in front of our black and white television in the basement of our home in indiana. when those first snowy images of neil armstrong stepping off the bottom rung of the latter beamed to earth at 10:5:06 pm on sunday, july 20, 1969, they made an indelible mark not just on my imagination but on the imagination of my generation and every generation to come. it was a moment so rich in meaning that upon hearing neil armstrong's first call from tranquility base, even the era's greatest news man, walter cronkite, could only shake his head and other two words -- oh, boy. all at once, the nation held its breath.
as through the crackling broadcast we listened to, we heard neil armstrong's immortal words, that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. in that moment the men of apollo 11 did more than help expand our understanding of creation and they did more than when the space race. they brought together our nation and for one brief moment all the people of the world were truly one. true to their creed, astronauts have never liked the idea of being called heroes. yet for all they did, for all the risks they took, if neil armstrong, buzz aldrin and michael collins are not heroes than there are no heroes.
apollo 11 by remembering their epic voyage and telling their story. and the work they nobly advanced in american space exploration. apollo 11 was followed by 5 or successful moon missions, and aiding in the final historic journey of apollo 17. america's last trip to the moon. as we honor our apollo 11 astronauts we are also honored today to be joined by apollo 17 astronaut harrison schmitt. thank you for your courageous -- [applause]
>> is harrison and i discussed about his mission. the last word spoken on the moon might not be as well-known as the first words, his fellow astronaut, jean segenecernan an the challenge to our time, as he stepped off the moon on december 17, 1972, he said these words, quote, as i take man's last steps on the moon for some time to come, history will record that america's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. and then he end by saying we leave the moon as we came, and
god willing, we shall soon return, with peace and hope for all mankind. [applause] >> those were words of challenge in 1972. in our time, as donald trump said, this generation of americans knows that it is america's destiny to be a leader among nations on our adventure into the great unknown. standing before you today i am proud to report at the direction of the president of the united states of america, america will return to the moon within the next five years, and the next man in the first woman on the moon will be american astronauts.
[applause] >> we are going back. after more than 45 years, one administration after another chose to limit america's space program to low earth orbit. donald trump has changed all that. earlier in this administration the president revived the national space council within the white house to coordinate all space related activities across the government including matters related to national security. we have been hard at work. the space council has helped bring together skilled leaders in business and industry to revive america's commitment to human space exploration and i am pleased many members of our user advisory group for the space council are with us today for this historic occasion. join me in welcoming is
dedicated and distinguished americans. [applause] >> donald trump signed space policy directive one challenging effort to lead the return of americans to the moon, send the first americans to mars and enable humans to expand and deepen our reach across the solar system. it is our mission. as i speak to you today i am proud to report we are investing in new rockets, new spaceships, working with private companies around this country to develop the new technologies of the future by unleashing the burgeoning private space industry that dot the landscape of this historic center of this nation.
within the next year we will once again send american astronauts into space on american rockets from american soil. [applause] >> already we have given our human exploration missions a newfound sense of urgency not seen in more than a generation. last year nasa and american innovators began an accelerated design process for both the lunar orbital gateway and the lunar surface base. all of which we will need to support americans on the moon to train and prepare to send americans to mars. while we have made great strides in advancing the president's bold vision for space unlike in years past we will have the budget to match it. that is why i am especially grateful today to be joined by
some of the greatest champions of american leadership in space in the congress of the united states. house minority whip steve scalise,
congressman brian babin, congressman bill posey and other distinct members of congress, please rise and allow us to express our appreciation for your strong support of renewed american leadership. [applause] >> with strong bipartisan support this president has signed into law the largest nasa budget ever. on this historic occasion i'm told we have also achieved a critical milestone in our effort to go to the moon and beyond. today thanks to the hard work of the men and women of nasa and of american industry, or ryan crew
vehicle for the artemis one mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight. >> in coming years
american astronauts will return to the moon aboard the orion and they will return with new ambitions. we will spend weeks and months, not days and hours on the lunar surface. this time we are going to the moon to stay and to restore and develop new technologies, we will extract water from ice in the permanently shadowed craters of the south pole, we will fly on a new generation spacecraft that will enable us to reach mars not in years but in months. americans are leading in space once again.
today we are reminded how american leadership 50 years ago accomplishment of apollo 11 inspired our nation. as the president said, it ignited our sense of adventure, steeled our belief that no dream is impossible no matter how lofty or challenging and as buzz aldrin said today in his words looking back on landing on the moon wasn't just our job, it was a historic opportunity to prove to the world america's can do spirit. [applause] >> we leading human space exploration again. we will carry not only american ingenuity and pride but most importantly we will carry
america's ideals into the vast expanse of space, ideals of freedom and liberty. apollo 11 is the only event of the 20th century the stand a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th century. 1000 years from now july 20, 1969, will likely be a date that will live in the minds and imaginations of men and women. as long as there are men and women to remember. across this world, across this solar system and beyond. today we remember the heroes of apollo 11. and all the heroes that
supported them in their mission some 400,000 americans. but today we also reaffirm our commitment to unlock the mysteries of space and to lead. as we continue on this american journey we go with the same resolve and determination of those who have gone before. and we go with faith. faith in the courage of this new generation of astronauts. men and women of the character and caliber of those who have gone before. they are remarkable pioneers. they will carry american leadership into space. faith and ingenuity in the men and women of nasa and all of those across the american space enterprise. whose creativity and tireless efforts in the days ahead will
match that of their forebears who created and invented new ways to explore and expand human understanding with american leadership and finally, i believe as we go forward with millions of americans believe in their hearts and have throughout the generations that we will go forward with faith as those pioneers put on the spacesuits, climb aboard the rockets, believe that even if they rise on the wings of the john, even if they go up to the heavens, even there his hand will guide. his right hand will hold him fast.
that will be our perk. today we mark the 50th anniversary of apollo 11. we celebrate the aerobic astronauts who accomplished that extraordinary feat in human history and all those who supported them. and today we resolve for the sake of all they accomplished that america will lead in space once again. and this nation will once again astonish the world with heights we reach and the wonders we achieve. so may god bless the crew of apollo 11 and all who supported them on their historic journey. may god bless this new
generation of pioneers and all who support them and may god continue to bless the united states of america. ♪ >> you have been listening to vice president mike pence at the kennedy space center and we got two pieces of news out of that. the first is the vice president has announced that the capsule that is going to be used for the artemis one mission is complete. you can see it behind him, the big black shape next to him. that capsule is complete and we now have a logo for the artemis mission which will be put on plenty of patches in the near future. >> my take away is you are going to be busy on the space beat for the next 5 or so years with this. it was interesting listening to him. this aspirational message but also this plea for money.
one of the congresswomen who sits on the committee that funds nasa on earlier didn't seem as convinced with the administration's plans and the amount of money they were asking for is the vice president did. >> that's right. a finished capsule, it sure looks pretty but it is not going to go anywhere unless nasa can get some more money so that is the push now. can you vice president and nasa administrator and donald trump convince congress to shell out the money that is needed to send that capsule into space. >> you might be asking the vice president just that question in a couple of minutes for your interview with him. we will have more on that tomorrow. incredible job and send our best to your parents, they did an incredible job with you. >> i will, thank you and that is all for us from the kennedy space center. choosing my car insurance was the easiest decision ever.
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