Elon Musk almost in tears hearing criticism towards SpaceX from his childhood astronaut heroes

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  • This video of Elon Musk attempting to hold back tears upon hearing that his childhood heroes have chastised him always makes me feel sad
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  • Elon Musk almost in tears hearing criticism towards SpaceX from his childhood astronaut heroes
  • Elon Musk almost crying. (Our closest thing to commercialized space and this. Wow!)
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    Dominic Spencer
    The astronauts views were misrepresented by this question. http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2012/06/60-minutes-clarifies-neil-armstrongs-position-on-spacex/ Here is what the astronauts actually said ([source](http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1005/12hearing/)): > The Obama administration plans to cancel the Constellation program and the Ares rockets NASA was designing to replace the space shuttle. Instead, the space agency will fund development of new commercial rockets and capsules to end the near-term reliance on Russia. No such "man-rated" rockets or spacecraft currently exist, but Bolden said Wednesday he believes the private sector can be ready to launch astronauts to the station by around 2015. > > Cernan questioned that timetable, saying the gap may be much longer. > > "In this proposed budget we find several billions of dollars allotted to developing commercial human access to low-Earth orbit, based upon the assumptions and claims by those competing for this exclusive contract who say that they can achieve this goal in little more than three years, and that it can be done for something less than $5 billion. > > "Based upon my personal experience and what I believe is possible, I believe it might take as much as a decade, a full decade, and the cost may be two to three times as much as they predict." > > While Cernan and Armstrong both said they supported development of commercial space operations, "there are a myriad of technical challenges in their future yet to be overcome," Cernan said, "safety considerations which cannot be overlooked or compromised as well as a business plan and investors that they will have to satisfy." > > "All this will lead to unplanned delays which will cost the American taxpayer billions of unallocated dollars and lengthen the gap from shuttle retirement to the day we can once again access LEO (low-Earth orbit) leaving us hostage as a nation to foreign powers for some indeterminate time in the future." > > Armstrong agreed, saying "I am very concerned that the new plan, as I understand it, will prohibit us from having human access to low-Earth orbit on our own rockets and spacecraft until the private aerospace industry is able to qualify their hardware under development as rated for human occupancy." > > "I support the encouragement of the newcomers toward their goal of lower-cost access to space," he said. "But having cut my teeth in rockets more than 50 years ago, I am not confident. The most experienced rocket engineers with whom I have spoken believe that will require many years and substantial investment to reach the necessary level of safety and reliability." > > If so, Armstrong continued, "the United States will be limited to buying passage to the International Space Station from Russia, and will be prohibited from traveling to other destinations in LEO, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, or any of the frequently mentioned destinations out on the space frontier." > > "As I examine the plan as stated during the announcement and subsequent explanations, I find a number of assertions which at best, demand careful analysis, and at worst, do not deserve any analysis." > > It has been asserted, Armstrong told the committee, that by "buying taxi service to low-Earth orbit rather than owning the taxis 'we can continue to ensure rigorous safety standards are met.' The logic of that statement is mystifying." > > "Does it mean that safety standards will be achieved by regulation, or contract, or by government involvement?" he asked. "Does it mean that the safety considerations in the taxi design, construction and test will be assured by government oversight? ... The cost of that government involvement will be substantial and that cost must be acknowledged in the total cost of the service." Edit: [Here is the full 60 Minutes piece](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmyT9y568Bc) for anyone interested.
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