I'd say you're sadly deluded. The chinese have taken pictures of our landing sites via satellite, with landers, rovers, and tracks/flags all still visible(unless you mean to tell me our largest foreign rival is for some reason supporting our hoax?)
How did we get people past the van allen belt in 1969 when we dont have the technology to do it today? Also we are China's biggest consumer, and they have invested more in American bonds than any other country. Wouldnt exactly call them our rivals?
We do have the technology. We don't have the infrastructure in place that we did back then. The apollo modules were retired and the space shuttle was never designed to go beyond low earth orbit. That leaves... nothing. Or did until recently. You will be seeing nasa cross the van Allen belts again within a decade now that the Orion capsule is nearly done.
what part of no spacecraft in service capable of going that far is hard to understand? Until SLS is ready we have no rockets of similar performance/payload to Saturn V, and until orion is ready, we have no capsules capable of the journey any more, either. The factories that built the saturn rockets and the apollo capsules have been closed or repurposed for decades. It's not as simple as just "making more". Neither the infrastructure or the funding have been there for years. When the space shuttle was introduced NASA essentially refocused their entire organization around it. During the bush years there was some funding going towards renewed lunar exploration but it was slow due to overambitious goals and when Obama took office he shut the program down. So, yes. It's taken that long. I think the funniest part of the kooks who try to push the fake moon landing bit is almost all of them are american. All the countries with the most to gain from discrediting us support the fact that it happened, as does every credible science organization in the world. But no it's all just some big conspiracy for unknown sinister reasons. Rofl.
I dont believe its simply a lack of funding, thats a convenient excuse. And with the advanced technology we have now, it should be a mere fraction of the cost to put togather a spacecraft equal in capabilities, if not more advanced, to what we had half a centuary ago. And your saying for unkown sinister reasons our govenment would want to win the space race, snub our greatest foe, and not tell tell the citizens we wasted that many tax dollars on a project that wasnt feasable at the time. Im as ardent a patriot as the next but to believe everything the government says, is laughable. Bill Clinton did not have sex with that woman or inhale, The russian government has hitlers body, Two 747's melted the steel and brought down the world trade center, seal team 6 killed osama bin laden without a shot fired, but during the firefight the muzzle flare sparked a fire burning down the palace and obama decided to cremate the evidence and throw it off a boat within 24 hrs in accordance with osamas religion. If you read between the lines the truth becomes aparent in time
Fraction of the cost? In case you hadn't noticed everything has gotten drastically more expensive. A modern fighter jet costs billions upon billions of dollars. One from 1969 costed only around 5 million, adjusted for inflation(at the time actually less than 1 million). Our aerospace industry(I'm looking at you lockheed and boeing) has gone apeshit with price gouging because they know their main customer is US Congress and the D.O.D. Do something to get the United Launch Alliance to stop screwing NASA and you'll see a lot of things come back we haven't seen for years. Luckily they now have competition from more private space programs like SpaceX and will have to cut prices or lose business in the long run. Not really ideal compared to how it used to be, but I guess it's at least progress. Just hope that the new up and comers don't start screwing the taxpayers in the same way.
Boeing rocket for NASA over budget, could further delay launch: audit
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Boeing Co is building the largest rocket in NASA’s history but the aerospace giant’s “poor performance” has resulted in an $8.9 billion price tag that is double the initial budget and could further delay the launch, the U.S. space agency’s watchdog office said on Wednesday.
OhWell do you live near Houston? Just curious. I was born in Texas and went to NASA a lot. Touched a moon rock when it was new and still felt like a rock. Last time I went to NASA that rock had been touched so much it was smooth.
You know a lot about space travel. It makes me think you grew up going to NASA too. That's why I asked. I'm not trying to be rude or condescending like I usually am. We definitely disagree on a few subjects but it doesn't make us enemies, does it?
No, but I have been to the space center there a few times, as well as the one in Fl. I've always found space exploration fascinating and tbh much more important than the public gives it credit for. And no, we aren't enemies :p I can be an ass sometimes but we are both entitled to our opinions. That goes for the rest of the people I argue with on here, too. I might insult your intelligence or say nasty things(usually you guys do too, other than Octavia who somehow always stays relatively civil), but at the end of the day I don't and never have considered you "enemies".
I've only been to Florida once. It was pretty amazing seeing the launch site after years of Houston NASA. I love contemplating space. It's my favorite thing because it's easy to think of something you've never thought of before.
I sound horrible online. I'm really, really condescending. I let a lot of my aggression out in here. In person I'm not that way at all. Not at all. I think that's why I am in here. I get very defensive when it comes to harming children, animals and women. Seems to me some things should be off limits.
Nice to meet you and sorry about all the condescension. You've just made me realize I've been taking my personal aggravations out on strangers online too. Not that it has anything to do with anything...mom died suddenly two years ago and I've been attacking everyone. Everyone! Just discovered you can be mad at people around you for being mortal and possibly dying first. Knew one step was anger just didn't know it was anger towards the living. My brain has a mind of its own. What can I say? Lol.
Florida is awesome :) I loved seeing the saturn V rocket model on display. It's so massive! The space center as houston was fantastic too, last time I went they had a really good IMAX(i think it was IMAX, some massive 3d theater) production about a little girl living on a space station. Was quite a long time ago, but I can still remember it really well.
I think a lot of us on here are a lot harsher and more condescending online than we are in person. It is somewhere we can vent and argue without (hopefully) really hurting anyone or getting hurt ourselves. And I never would condone harming children, animals, or women. I just feel there is too much of a risk to everyone in letting the core values of our justice system slide.
I'm sorry to hear about your mother, that's really rough. My dad is getting pretty old and has some serious health problems nowadays so I'm pretty scared I might be in your boat before too long as well, and its terrifying to just think about, can't imagine what it would be like to go through it. And no hard feelings from me, at least. I wasn't great towards you, either.
So far everyone I've been horrible to in here has become a friend. It's really weird. I've said things to you I'd never say to anyone in person and yet we're all able to let it go, eventually, and talk. In real life, I'd be too embarrassed, after the things I've said, to try and discuss things rationally. It's too weird and wonderful. Lol.
I hope your father is close enough that you can see him. My advice, talk and visit. Write down all the family stuff you've heard your whole life because that's the stuff you will forget. The stories she told the most about her life I thought I'd never forget. Turns out...you do. Write down his family line. Write down or record his version of whatever weirdness he's wittnessed. You'll want that later. And have him talk about his childhood if it was a good childhood. It'll make him happy to see you want to know who he was and what he did. Record him! Especially get his voice recorded. If you can get him to ... My mom always called me by my first and middle name when I would purposefully shock her, then she'd giggle. I'd give anything to be able to hear her say my name. I've got tons of videos but not one of her saying my name. It's the little things you'll miss so get busy just visiting with him. It may be just part of life but death isn't something I can deal with. Oddly, my mom knew that better than anyone so I felt like I couldn't make it through losing her without her help. I have just a few issues. Lol. Oh, and family will crush your soul. Someone will say something and you'll want to punch them in the face. Don't. Your father is someone else with everyone else. He will have had completely different relationships and shared different aspects of himself with different people. You'll find out things you never knew about him. You'll also find out he shared most of himself with you. It's horrible and beautiful at the same time. Like the movie says, "Watch out for the collateral beauty". It will be everywhere! I hope you have many years left with your father and I hope you can appreciate the time you have. Every day is truly a gift.
We're all just human :) It's nice to see it happen, too. Gives me a lot more hope for the future that maybe we'll as a society figure out a way to work together instead of always being at each others' throats.
Luckily I live only like a mile and a half from my dad. I see him pretty often and talk to him every day.. but I'll admit I'm guilty of thinking that all the stories and other things he tells all the time I'll never forget. I'll take your advice to heart, because losing all of that would be.. unthinkable. Thanks for the wisdom, I really do appreciate it.
You do understand what the Van Allen belt is, right? I am a very ardent critic of big government. I feel that my decisions are mine to make and have little trust in any government agency, including NASA. But the fact is that the moon landings happened.
Andy was a deep thinker. He wanted to piss people off just as often as he wanted to make them laugh. In his way he made people think instead of just believing the garbage being fed to to them by the powers that be. (1%ers). Of course there's always people that come along and screw it all up by twisting the truth. Truth is...Andy Kaufman was a genius.