Poll: If we did indeed land on the moon in 1969, why have we never gone back?
With all the technology in the last 50 years man has never been back to the moon. And many people think the 1969 landing was staged. Makes sense really.
- JohnLv 45 months ago
Go ahead. Pay for it on your own this time.
- 5 months ago
We did land on the moon I don't believe it was staged.
- Joe MacLv 55 months ago
We did go back several times but the last one being in 1972. Consider the fact that the war in Vietnam and social programs were draining the government of money and the economy was in bad shape in the 70s it became a financial liability to keep going.
- curtisports2Lv 75 months ago
More ignorance. NASA went back five more times, the last being December, 1972.
The government had achieved its goal and believed that not that much more could be learned from the moon, and instead turned its mission to building a space station for long-term human stays, and the shuttle program designed to move cargo back and forth. The point of going to the moon was to see if humans could successfully land on a target AND successfully return to Earth...for a time in the future when the other things needed to go to Mars and beyond were in place.
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- 5 months ago
Due to politics (yes liberals and conservatives where behind this) and the funding made the last moon landing mission in 1972. Today NASA is working on the returning to the moon, let’s hope it’s comes true and lest hope that Ultra Liberals and Ultra Conservatives don’t block (or sabotage it)
- .Lv 75 months ago
NASA is working on a return trip right now
- Anonymous5 months ago
We did go back. There were several moon missions over the course of the next couple of years. But we eventually stopped because there was limited utility in going. The moon shot had mostly been a propaganda effort to beat the Russians and show them that our technology was superior. There was scientific work done, but the trips were mostly for propaganda. Once we made it to the moon the propaganda value declined precipitously, especially compared to the cost, and risks. With improvements in mechanization and satelites, any science needed on the moon could be done without sending people there. Instead of trying to send people outward, NASA, and other space agencies, focused on near earth orbital experiments and doing stuff which would aid people back on earth.
- humptyLv 75 months ago
We did, repeatedly, until the Conservatives cut the NASA budget and our space program ended so the wealthy could pay less tax. One day, when the Chinese own the skies, we will understand how stupid that was.
- Anonymous5 months ago
A Chinese spacecraft has become the first to land on the far side of the moon in a historic moment for human space exploration.
The successful touch down was hailed as a major technical feat and is seen as a important step towards China’s wider ambitions in space.
The robotic probe Chang’e 4 landed in the unexplored South Pole-Aitken basin, the biggest known impact structure in the solar system, at about 2.30am GMT on Thursday. Prior to confirmation of the landing and the release of the first close-up shots of the far lunar surface by the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, many details of the mission, including the planned timing of the landing, had been kept secret. January 03, 2019
- Russ in NOVALv 75 months ago
It comes down to Funding. At its peak the NASA budget was 4% of the US Budget and now it is only about .5%.
Funding is driven by national interest. and at the time, there was huge national support for the moon race because:
1. It was a direct competition with the Soviet Union (who had been betting us in space) in the middle of the cold war and was a matter of national pride as well as related to the arms race.
2. It was new and novel technology and suggested a near future of video phones, flying cars, and other new ways to make living more enjoyable, and even vacation trips to the moon and colonies.
3. It was a positive diversion from the cold war and the vietnam war.
4. Americans did not have 500 cable channels and a dozen streaming services, and handheld devices to distract us. (Interestingly, one of the first cable channels, MTV used a photo from the moon as part of its advertising).
Once the moon landings were accomplished and the Soviets weren't even close and it demonstrated we had won the space race, and people realized it would not immediately change our lives, interest waned very quickly. Additionally, the Vietnam war, civil disorder, politics, Watergate (which hit the year of the last mission), and other aspects took front and center and the leaders could not justify additional spending for moon missions, so even the last Apollo flights were cancelled.
The other aspect of the first moon race was that risks were probably taken that would not be exceptable now, meaning cost might even be higher. (Just think of the safety features built into automobiles now vs in 1969.) Don't forget that in the Apollo program 3 astronauts died in ground testing of Apollo 1 and Apollo 13 failed and they barely made it back. Not sure that level of failure would be tolerated as much now.
In simple terms, since the Apollo program, the American public has never been interested enough to elect officials that are willing to advocate for moon landing budget. It is a lot cheaper to build and maintain a space station in low earth orbit and to send probes to Mars than to develop and send manned missions to the moon, AND there has been no commercial profitable reasons to do it.
The idea that the moon landing is faked is much more implausible than that it happened. Tens of billions of dollars were spent, hundreds (if not thousands) of companies were involved, and 400,000 people contributed to the effort overall. There is absolutely no way that anyone (or any secret government group) could have orchestrated fake landings and kept it secret for 50 years. People argue that the government can't even get its act together to do things like provide universal healthcare...how in the heck could the government fake and cover-up something like this? Every single fake moon landing conspiracy has been debunked. (Note I am an engineer who currently works on the space industry and was 10 at the time of the first moon landing. I have no doubt that man landings occurred.)