Quote: Originally Posted by dinesh
The moon landings is all rubbish and doesn't make sense to me. Sorry.
I don't where you get all that. In fact how soon people forget the high risks taken when going to explore a new frontier. 3 lost in Gemini program when capsule caught fire on launch pad, Apollo 13 running into problems, the 1986 Challenger disaster where the shuttle was lost in mid air!
NASA now has live feed from the remote controlled rover now on the Martian surface where people have often wondered why we haven't already seen a live mission there too!
Plus you have to look at the International space station already in orbit to grasp the amount of resources as well as risk in order to maintain that alone! NASA like too many other things saw budget cuts over the years.
Even President Obama reflected on the advancements in many areas as a result of the Apollo program when speaking at the National Academy of Sciences back in April. Here's an except from:
Obama Remarks at the National Academy of Sciences
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Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
National Academy of Sciences
April 27, 2009
"The scientific community rallied behind this goal and set about achieving it. And it would lead not just to those first steps on the moon, but also to giant leaps in our understanding here at home. The Apollo program itself produced technologies that have improved kidney dialysis and water purification systems; sensors to test for hazardous gasses; energy-saving building materials; and fire-resistant fabrics used by firefighters and soldiers. And, more broadly, the enormous investment of that era – in science and technology, in education and research funding – produced a great outpouring of curiosity and creativity, the benefits of which have been incalculable."
Obama Remarks at the National Academy of Sciences - The Page by Mark Halperin - TIME.com
Besides photos and having watched the live reports on the space flights back in the early 60s as well as the live feed broadcast on black+white tv in those days until 1965 when everything went color I had to listen to audio track from the conversations between the astronauts and Houston control earlier where you can hear the retro jets being fired after 2 of the 3 on that mission went into the Eagle lunar lander. That was something!
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