A group memorializing astronauts killed in the line of duty and their families has invoked their names in an effort to convince the
Obama administration to drop its planned changes to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The group’s outreach comes as lawmakers and other space advocates have
called on the White House to continue with plans to return Americans to
the moon by 2020.
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, an educational foundation honoring the 24 Americans killed during space mission missions, said altering NASA’s future would run counter to their sacrifice.
“All of the astronauts who have flown subsequently would tell you that they succeeded by standing on the shoulders of their fallen
colleagues,” AMF Chairman Michael J. McCulley wrote in a letter sent to President Obama. “Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins were only able to fly Apollo 11 to the moon after we lost Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee on a simulated countdown to Apollo 1.”