BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - In 2020, space missions took off. By 2024, the Trump administration had planned to put boots on the moon for the first time in more than half a century.
But then, Trump lost re-election. Now, the future of NASA’s Artemis program is in limbo.
"I think it’s less that Democrats are lukewarm in their support, but the Trump administration was a huge supporter of space. So, I think that Democrats are looking at things, like 'We have got a lot of priorities,'" said Andy Aldrin, the director of Florida Tech’s Center for Space entrepreneurship.
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Buzz Aldrin's son, Andy Aldrin, said even though there is growing enthusiasm for space, a global pandemic means a tight federal budget.
"There is going to be some budgetary pressure. Of course under the Trump administration, the budgets were increased a little, but more than they had been before. I would expect flat budgets. I think getting dramatic increases are unlikely," Aldrin said.
Dale Ketcham, one of Space Florida's vice presidents, beliives the Biden administration will continue space exploration efforts, but with a relaxed mission date.
"I think what is going to happen relative to the moon mission is they are going to keep that going forward the way it is structured now. I think the pressure to get that deadline is off, but the mission will still move forward," Ketcham said.
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