Forthcoming space travel plans need to include living on the moon, similar to scientific habitats in the Arctic and Antarctica, said Gene Kranz, NASA’s former flight director.
“I believe we need a habitat on the moon just like we have scientists living at the North and South Poles,” Kranz, a Catholic, said. “The challenge of a long-term facility and learning to use the resources of the moon is needed for scientific and economic objectives, not political reasons. It needs to be a world project.”
Still in the Houston-area, at age 85, Kranz, a parishioner at Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson, Texas, remains a very busy man. During his 34 years with NASA, he directed the Gemini and Apollo programs, including the first lunar landing mission of Apollo 11. Now Kranz has been at the forefront of celebrating the 50th anniversary of man’s touchdown on the moon, on 20th July 1969.
He has shared his experiences in making history and dreams for the future in speaking to multiple community and business groups and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center events. He is scheduled to address the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s upcoming Prayer Breakfast on 30th July in Houston.
Asked whether he ever wished that he’d flown into space himself, the aerospace engineer and retired fighter pilot said, “In the very early days of the Mercury program, astronauts would be limited to doing one or two missions. I’ve been involved, in various capacities, with 100” missions, up through the Shuttle missions.
Picture: Flight director Gene Kranz is seen seated at his console in the mission operations control room in the Manned Spacecraft Center’s Mission Control Center in Houston the launch of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission on 16th July 1969. Partially visible in the background is flight director Gerald D. Griffin. (CNS photo/courtesy NASA).