Either way, Armstrong found something to say about President Obama's decision to ground the only nation to ever land on the moon from even the low-earth orbit taxi rides it has been reduced to for close to 30 years. Along with fellow moonwalker Eugene Cernan and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, Armstrong released an open letter to the president criticizing the action in clear and unambiguous terms.
In fairness, Armstrong's crewmate, Buzz Aldrin, has supported President Obama's decision (scroll to the end of the story). But he's a lonely voice among those who've been in space or helped them get there. Another open letter Monday urged the president to change his mind and it was signed by Lowell, Cernan and many others, including Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter and former NASA flight director Gene Kranz, who guided the team that brought Lovell's damaged Apollo 13 flight home safely.
Last year, when the president honored Armstrong, Aldrin and pilot Michael Collins on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, he said he remembered his grandfather telling him that the Apollo program was "an example of how Americans can do anything they set their minds to." He added, "As we speak, another generation of kids out there who are looking up at the sky and are going to be the next Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin."
Maybe their kids will get to.