Originally posted by sonhouse
I told my family at dinner last night and they didn't know about it. I did for sure, been following it all along. They want a man on the moon in another 3 years.
I hope it spurs another space race, that is what engendered Apollo, got me a job there too Goddard Space Flight Center, I was on Apollo Tracking and Timing. Atomic clocks that coordinated the ...[text shortened]... onth of a second to get the pass to the next station or data would be lost. Not bad for 1970 eh.
Actually I'm hoping it spurs space cooperation and not a space race.
The space race was highly inefficient and unsustainable expensive.
I would also like nice international peaceful cooperative space ventures and not star wars.
The way NASA got to the moon in the 60's was probably the fastest, and with the technology
of the time, possibly the only way of getting to the moon back then.
But the Saturn V rocket was 100% non-reusable and mind-bendingly expensive.
They, you, achieved the incredible... and then ran out of money and stopped.
You had a race to the moon, and when you won the race, the reason for the program (in the
minds of the politicians at least) ceased to exist.
The goal needs to be sustainable and not some finishing line you try to cross fastest and then stop.
Also, the Russians had a number of fires due to using overpressure Oxygen atmospheres in
their space craft. They kept it secret and didn't share what they learned.
And so the Americans didn't learn from the Russians mistakes and thus We had the
fire in Apollo 1.
If China, Russia, USA, India, and Japan, all got together to cooperate on space.
To share knowledge and spread costs... then think what we could achieve.