"A plan that was invisible to so many was likely contrived by a very small group in secret who persuaded the President that this was a unique opportunity to put his stamp on a new and innovative program," Armstrong, 79, said in a statement to a Senate subcommittee reviewing NASA's new space plan. "I believe the President was poorly advised."
The United States is risking losing its role as a leader in space exploration with its new plan, Armstrong said, adding that he was concerned with the looming gap in American human spaceflight.
"Other nations will surely step in where we have faltered," Armstrong said.
The old guard doesn't like the cutting funds to NASA. Sure NASA needs to re-group and re-direct its policy. Let the Exploration to Moon and Mars left to NASA. Let Space-X and others to maintain the Low Earth Orbit endeavors. Like supplying and shipping the crews back and forth from the ISS. Likewise, the commercial space industry to support launching Satellites for cell phones and DirecTV.
I would like to see a permanent USA Moon Base. Keep the High Frontier ours, not China's!