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Re: can anybody intelligently answer
Posted by: andrewstrouthous
Date: 16/02/2012 00:23
The main incentive to go to the moon was compeition with the russians, the USA feared they would get there first and claim it. This had strategic implications for star wars, whoever controlle the moon could control earth with Moon base missiles.
However the USSR couldnt afford star wars, or to colonise the moon. In reality their economy was one third of USA, and even USA was struggling to keep up with expense of moon landing.
Also USA trying to save money had to cut corners which led toi the death of several astronauts, space travel became unpopular.
To save money they switched to Shuttles and unmanned space flights.
Shuttles were not suited for Moon Flights and proved not to be as cheap as they had hoped.
The moon is not a planet, its a lifeless asteroid, the ability to travel into deeper space was more exciting, but the long journey times would not suit humans, hence the switch to robots.
Meanwhile space stations became more efficient and had a better payload. Ironically the USA turned to the Russians to help keep space stations active.
One last irony is that China now has a moon landing programme. I suspet it would break their economy, unless they give up after a landing or two. It could of course get the yanks back in the race. Meanwhile I amoving this to off topic as no football played on moon
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