By TODD HALVORSON • Florida Today • April
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - President Barack
Obama's plans for NASA could be "devastating"
to the U.S. human space flight program and
"destines our nation to become one of second-
or even third-rate stature," three legendary
American astronauts said Tuesday.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on
the moon. Jim Lovell was the commander of the
famous Apollo 13 flight - an aborted moon
mission. And Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan
remains the last human to walk on the lunar
Armstrong, who rarely makes public comments,
grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and now lives in
In a statement e-mailed to longtime NBC space
correspondent Jay Barbree of Merritt Island, all
three took exception with Obama's plan to
cancel NASA's return-to-the-moon program,
dubbed Project Constellation.