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Cavuto Hosts A Discussion About The Explosion On The Moon, Then Doesn't Want To Hear About It

Reported by Guest Blogger - October 13, 2009 -

Friday's (10/9/09) Your World featured astronaut Buzz Aldrin talking about the NASA explosion on the moon. It was clear that Cavuto knew almost nothing about the topic. But he had arrived at his opinion anyway - that it was just a NASA boondoggle. As reader Norm P. pointed out, Cavuto’s ignorance was appalling by itself, but even more infuriating was his arrogance. Only a little investigation would have revealed what the project was designed to do, how it worked, and what the expected results would be. He obviously didn't bother to find out, and when Aldrin tried to explain the issues, Cavuto repeatedly cut him off. With video.

Cavuto began by noting that the explosion was for the purpose of finding water. But that was all he seemed to care about knowing. "I love these guys, but maybe they should be looking for something else, oh I don't know, SANITY? If this whole episode doesn't tell you all you need to know about blowing up taxpayer dollars, and NASA's once fine image in the process, I don't know what does."

Aldrin said, "I know that we're interested in either criticizing something for its over expenditure, or we're not financing something enough, or somebody's doing something wrong.” Aldrin noted the militaristic reporting of the event and added, “That stirs up people into anti-thinking, and if we say we've wasted money on something, that stirs even more people up into being anti-space."

Cavuto wasn’t even interested in asking Aldrin about the purpose or substance of the project. "Buzz, Buzz, we crashed a rocket into the moon… We spend money to crash a rocket into the moon."

“Absolutely,” Aldrin responded.

"And you think it's OK?" Cavuto asked.

"Yes," Aldrin answered.

Cavuto asked, "Why?"

"Because it was the upper stage rocket which was gonna be jettisoned somewhere anyway. When it hits the moon, at a very sensitive place in a dark, shadowed crater, that is eternally in darkness, if a comet has impacted the moon, the ice from the comet will have spread frost or snowflakes… That’s H20," Aldrin said.

“That’s what we’re looking for,” Cavuto said.

Aldrin noted that we’ve been looking for evidence of water on the moon for 35 or 40 years. Aldrin continued by explaining that the project is trying to prove the hypothesis that there should be water, “in the form of frost or ice should exist from impacts of comets in the always-shadowed portion of the craters at the pole… where the sun is very low on the horizon and certain parts of craters are always shadowed.” Aldrin went on to provide further details about the mission, including the fact that this was not a separate mission but was part of an earlier mission already looking at “certain properties of the moon” and “as it approached the termination of the mission, it would take two portions of the spacecraft and very carefully mavigate them so that the first portion would…’’

Oops, too much information for Cavuto, who had already made up his mind how wasteful the project was. “Buzz, Buzz, I love you dearly. You are a hero,” Cavuto interrupted. He went on to complain about NASA “going back to fling a rocket into the surface looking for water.” In other words, he wanted to complain about the mission without knowing much about it.

“This is a scientific investigation,” Aldrin said, “because other satellites with sensors on them have detected not only the presence of hydrogen in the expected areas of the total darkness in the shadow of the crater; they’ve detected the presence of a different variety of hydrogen molecules that are probably from the solar wind."

Cavuto interrupted again. "If you knew all the things that you wanted to see NASA do… where on the list of things to do for NASA would this be?"

Aldrin said, "I do not believe American astronauts should go back to the moon.” He also didn’t think astronauts should go to Mars because of the expense.

Again Cavuto interrupted. "You're so smart, Buzz, you lost me about two minutes ago." But, again, he didn’t seem interested in figuring it out. “But I love having you on… I still think you’re a hero.”

"You need a scientist on here to tell you the justification," Aldrin began.

"I promise you I'll get one, but we're done," Cavuto said.

"Jim Garvin of NASA," Aldrin persisted.

“Jim Garvin of NASA, I’m writing it down. We’re gonna have him on,” Cavuto said

Comment: Cavuto may admire Aldrin, but he had a smug look on his face the whole time. Cavuto knows his business, but not his science. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Garvin.