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(Boston Globe)   Old and busted: "The moon landings were fake." New hotness: "We landed on the moon but no one knows why"   (bostonglobe.com) divider line
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2019-06-29 12:38:34 PM  
I'm going with 'because it's there'.
 
2019-06-29 12:45:08 PM  
Because cold war, duh.
 
2019-06-29 12:46:41 PM  
Jesus Christ, do you think there's no one left alive from back then? It was the Cold War.  We were busting our asses to stay ahead of the Soviets on every front. Space, and going to the Moon were part of the technology front.

/Pretty simple.
 
2019-06-29 12:55:52 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jesus Christ, do you think there's no one left alive from back then? It was the Cold War.  We were busting our asses to stay ahead of the Soviets on every front. Space, and going to the Moon were part of the technology front.

/Pretty simple.


Pretty much this.   I also think there was a more "can do" attitude and looking towards the future back then.   Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are.

I've tried to explain why the moon landing was such a big deal to us, to the grandkids.   My husband and I were sad when Armstrong passed away and the kids just shrugged their shoulders.   Once, on a beautiful clear night and a full moon I stood with my little granddaughter and pointed to the moon and said that once upon a time, there were people who actually walked there.
 
2019-06-29 12:57:44 PM  
As for what happened to make us smaller...the War, the turmoil of the 60s, Nixon....all, take your pick, etc.
 
2019-06-29 1:19:57 PM  
John F. Kennedy's inspirational speech: "We choose to go to the Moon."
Youtube Ateh7hnEnik
 
2019-06-29 1:48:58 PM  
Top Ten Scientific Discoveries Made During Apollo Exploration of the Moon

and these images alone had a profound impact of our view of the world and ourselves, at least for some people.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthri​s​e
 
2019-06-29 2:06:52 PM  
Here's why:

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BECAUSE IT'S WHAT'S NEXT.

/Buzz, Aldrin, Gemini 12
//Buzz is my spirit animal
///Mars or Bust
 
2019-06-29 2:34:44 PM  
Because we aren't British so we didn't have to scale it down a bit
 
2019-06-29 3:50:58 PM  
For the whaling. Duh.
 
2019-06-29 3:53:39 PM  

RolandTGunner: Top Ten Scientific Discoveries Made During Apollo Exploration of the Moon

and these images alone had a profound impact of our view of the world and ourselves, at least for some people.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthris​e


Which are followed by concerned people kvetching about other things we could be spending our money on. I suppose when you're that small-minded, anything short of a straight line from research to the consumer market is a waste of resources.
 
2019-06-29 3:58:11 PM  
aliens
 
2019-06-29 4:48:17 PM  
I lIke "Soviets sent man with Lunokhod, secretly, so they could brag about their leet remote control technology" one
 
2019-06-29 4:48:35 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jesus Christ, do you think there's no one left alive from back then? It was the Cold War.  We were busting our asses to stay ahead of the Soviets on every front. Space, and going to the Moon were part of the technology front.

/Pretty simple.


True.  They beat us in space in multiple areas, so JFK got the hots for a moon shot.  Totally destroyed NASA's plan for developing space and cost us 50 years of progress.  But, hey, to the moon!
 
2019-06-29 4:50:14 PM  
So does this mean I can't go around sockin' people in the eye anymore?
 
2019-06-29 4:51:00 PM  

natazha: Totally destroyed NASA's plan for


wut
 
2019-06-29 4:51:44 PM  
Dick swinging contest.
 
2019-06-29 4:52:35 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed heartland rock and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are.

 
2019-06-29 4:52:46 PM  
I'm STILL waiting for my flying car as promised in those World Fair posters.
 
2019-06-29 5:02:08 PM  
Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite (Extended Version) (Dj Rafa Burgos Video Edit) (1992)
Youtube mBTr-2jVVfo



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd-5k​D​9hPcQ
 
2019-06-29 5:04:58 PM  
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2019-06-29 5:10:04 PM  
Dogs.

They wanted us to go.
I've said too much already.
 
2019-06-29 5:13:33 PM  

ArkAngel: Because we aren't British so we didn't have to scale it down a bit


First thing was to do Australia...That was a whole world away, and they succeeded in colonizing it, so then have a sit-down before the next step....
 
2019-06-29 5:13:46 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Pretty much this. I also think there was a more "can do" attitude and looking towards the future back then. Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are


Once upon a time you bragged about good ol' American know-how.  You were a country of skilled people who could achieve things through concentrated application of brainpower.  Nowadays 40% of your population is too stupid to be trusted with adult responsibilities like voting, and the rest aren't much better.
 
2019-06-29 5:14:58 PM  
One of the consumer benefits of landing on the moon: the invention of rap music

Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey On the Moon (Official Audio)
Youtube goh2x_G0ct4
 
2019-06-29 5:18:18 PM  

Bondith: Dewey Fidalgo: Pretty much this. I also think there was a more "can do" attitude and looking towards the future back then. Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are

Once upon a time you bragged about good ol' American know-how.  You were a country of skilled people who could achieve things through concentrated application of brainpower.  Nowadays 40% of your population is too stupid to be trusted with adult responsibilities like voting, and the rest aren't much better.


Oh, 40% have always been ignorant mofos.   They just hadn't gained enough political power to fark shiat up at that moment in time.   Science was still respected, to an extent anyway.   Now it's like, just your opinion, man.
 
2019-06-29 5:22:44 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jesus Christ, do you think there's no one left alive from back then? It was the Cold War.  We were busting our asses to stay ahead of the Soviets on every front. Space, and going to the Moon were part of the technology front.

/Pretty simple.


I think one of the prime aspects was to send a message to the USSR that if we can put three guys in a rocket and shoot them all the way to the moon and back safe and sound, we can also put a nuclear bomb in a rocket and land it right in Kruschev's lap.
 
2019-06-29 5:23:58 PM  
Maybe someone can think of a reason why we sent scientists, engineers, and their experiments to the moon.
 
2019-06-29 5:33:15 PM  
At the time was the ultimate flex on the pinkos.
 
2019-06-29 5:42:52 PM  
Because it belongs to us and is eagerly awaiting our astro-men.
 
2019-06-29 5:46:41 PM  
Cheez-its had this nailed back in 1999
1999 - Behold the Power of Cheese
Youtube _349WJ37lAA
 
2019-06-29 5:56:18 PM  
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2019-06-29 6:15:59 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Pretty much this.   I also think there was a more "can do" attitude and looking towards the future back then.   Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are.


The oil embargo pierced our inflated egos we had from the wake of WW2 and caused many to persist with the delusion that the world's resources were ours for the taking.
 
2019-06-29 6:18:29 PM  

Sensei Can You See: I think one of the prime aspects was to send a message to the USSR that if we can put three guys in a rocket and shoot them all the way to the moon and back safe and sound, we can also put a nuclear bomb in a rocket and land it right in Kruschev's lap.


For the governments of both sides that was basically the point, but the space agencies of both sides were largely staffed by people genuinely all-in on the exploration/advancement of humankind aspects. The Soviet bureaucracy ultimately had more sway and favored spying over exploration, so their agency never had the proper backing/funding/time needed to really evolve their designs/programs well enough to be successful.

/not to mention that the N-1 failed so spectacularly that they ultimately half-buried the remaining rocket bodies to hide them
//then said the real purpose of the moon race was to troll the Americans in to wasting valuable time and money on so-called pointless manned flights
 
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2019-06-29 6:23:03 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jesus Christ, do you think there's no one left alive from back then? It was the Cold War.  We were busting our asses to stay ahead of the Soviets on every front. Space, and going to the Moon were part of the technology front.

/Pretty simple.

Pretty much this.   I also think there was a more "can do" attitude and looking towards the future back then.   Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are.

I've tried to explain why the moon landing was such a big deal to us, to the grandkids.   My husband and I were sad when Armstrong passed away and the kids just shrugged their shoulders.   Once, on a beautiful clear night and a full moon I stood with my little granddaughter and pointed to the moon and said that once upon a time, there were people who actually walked there.


It also doesn't help that the space program makes for a helluva good cover for further funding and development of nuclear weapons delivery programs.

Mercury-Redstone (Alan Shepard's first flight, America's first crewed spaceflight) was on a modified Redstone ballistic missile. Other Project Mercury rockets were Atlas ICBM derivatives. Gemini flew on the Titan II ICBM. I suspect that the only reason that Saturn wasn't an ICBM derivative was that the DoD unilaterally assigned all missile weapon programs to the Air Force, and since Von Braun worked for the Army-side, it meant that developing a rocket specifically for space launch got around the DoD rule, so Saturn was not designed as an ICBM first and a space launch vehicle second.
 
2019-06-29 6:29:48 PM  
The Soviets were ahead of the US early on in the space race so Kennedy put forth a challenge to go to the Moon in order to throw down the gauntlet for the Soviets. It galvanized the US's efforts and pushed the Soviets into a race they couldn't win.
 
2019-06-29 6:33:01 PM  

UsikFark: Maybe someone can think of a reason why we sent scientists, engineers, and their experiments to the moon.


It was the only way to convince those nerds to get off the couch and go play outside.
 
2019-06-29 6:35:57 PM  
Gold?
 
2019-06-29 6:38:54 PM  
I'm mooning you right now.
Shooting stars and all.
Enjoy the vision while you can.
 
2019-06-29 7:16:44 PM  

UsikFark: Maybe someone can think of a reason why we sent scientists, engineers, and their experiments to the moon.


Duh. The Secret Moon Base. You never seen Alternative 3?
 
2019-06-29 7:19:58 PM  
True.  They beat us in space in multiple areas, so JFK got the hots for a moon shot.  Totally destroyed NASA's plan for developing space and cost us 50 years of progress.  But, hey, to the moon!

For those who have never heard of it, here was NASA's "Fifty Year Plan."

1950s - develop a space plane.
1960s - evolve that space plane into a space truck
1970s - using a fleet of space trucks, build space stations
1980s - from those space stations, explore the inner solar system.
1990s - continue into the outer solar system.

We got as far as the X-15 (which was darn near a space plane and carried our first two astronauts into what was then defined as "space") and then dumped it all for the Moon shot, Would this plan have been better? Would it have even worked? No telling. But it's fun to dream about.
 
2019-06-29 7:41:16 PM  

southernmanblog: True.  They beat us in space in multiple areas, so JFK got the hots for a moon shot.  Totally destroyed NASA's plan for developing space and cost us 50 years of progress.  But, hey, to the moon!

For those who have never heard of it, here was NASA's "Fifty Year Plan."

1950s - develop a space plane.
1960s - evolve that space plane into a space truck
1970s - using a fleet of space trucks, build space stations
1980s - from those space stations, explore the inner solar system.
1990s - continue into the outer solar system.

We got as far as the X-15 (which was darn near a space plane and carried our first two astronauts into what was then defined as "space") and then dumped it all for the Moon shot, Would this plan have been better? Would it have even worked? No telling. But it's fun to dream about.


This alternate-history series that is going to be on AppleTV+ looks fun. The Soviets beat the US to the moon, so the space race never ends.

For All Mankind - Official First Look Trailer | Apple TV+
Youtube HZS9M52Bd_w
 
2019-06-29 7:41:42 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are.


He's a controversial figure, but I don't think he's entirely wrong.

Neil deGrasse Tyson - We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 1)
Youtube CbIZU8cQWXc
 
2019-06-29 7:43:42 PM  

southernmanblog: True.  They beat us in space in multiple areas, so JFK got the hots for a moon shot.  Totally destroyed NASA's plan for developing space and cost us 50 years of progress.  But, hey, to the moon!

For those who have never heard of it, here was NASA's "Fifty Year Plan."

1950s - develop a space plane.
1960s - evolve that space plane into a space truck
1970s - using a fleet of space trucks, build space stations
1980s - from those space stations, explore the inner solar system.
1990s - continue into the outer solar system.

We got as far as the X-15 (which was darn near a space plane and carried our first two astronauts into what was then defined as "space") and then dumped it all for the Moon shot, Would this plan have been better? Would it have even worked? No telling. But it's fun to dream about.


We've learned a lot about the solar system since the 1950s. Like that Earth is the only planet with air, water, and food. That upsets the timeline.
 
2019-06-29 7:46:40 PM  
It was to win a giant dick waving contest.


"Apollo 11" showed me that I was born when white men were everywhere, running the world with their buzz cuts and cigarettes and buttoned down shirts with eyes fixed like lasers on the moon.
Not us.
They made Faustian deals with Nazis and dictators and sent Agent Orange across the globe to destroy jungles, birds, animals, and insects in Asia.
And they walked on the moon and spoke of peace."
 
2019-06-29 8:38:20 PM  

ArkAngel: Because we aren't British so we didn't have to scale it down a bit


They couldn't put a man in a track suit up a ladder!

/ I'm going, I'm going! 'Ang on!'
// Just hang on to the ladder!'
// Hello, Swindon, I am here. Swindon, can you hear me?
 
2019-06-29 9:09:50 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jesus Christ, do you think there's no one left alive from back then? It was the Cold War.  We were busting our asses to stay ahead of the Soviets on every front. Space, and going to the Moon were part of the technology front.

/Pretty simple.

Pretty much this.   I also think there was a more "can do" attitude and looking towards the future back then.   Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are.

I've tried to explain why the moon landing was such a big deal to us, to the grandkids.   My husband and I were sad when Armstrong passed away and the kids just shrugged their shoulders.   Once, on a beautiful clear night and a full moon I stood with my little granddaughter and pointed to the moon and said that once upon a time, there were people who actually walked there.


Just play Kennedy's speech "not because it is easy, but because it is hard".

If that hooks the grandkids, I suggest showing them HBO's From the Earth to the Moon. Same quality and almost as much of an emotional response as Band of Brothers. The final episode sums up the "why?" question very well. It also shirts on Edison for stealing other people's ideas which I personally enjoyed.
 
2019-06-29 9:34:13 PM  
That... was awful.
 
2019-06-29 10:32:19 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Bondith: Dewey Fidalgo: Pretty much this. I also think there was a more "can do" attitude and looking towards the future back then. Something happened in the early 70s that made America "smaller" and allowed disco and other silly things to be prominent, leading up to Reagan..and here we are

Once upon a time you bragged about good ol' American know-how.  You were a country of skilled people who could achieve things through concentrated application of brainpower.  Nowadays 40% of your population is too stupid to be trusted with adult responsibilities like voting, and the rest aren't much better.

Oh, 40% have always been ignorant mofos.   They just hadn't gained enough political power to fark shiat up at that moment in time.   Science was still respected, to an extent anyway.   Now it's like, just your opinion, man.


He posted on a device Americans invented and over the Internet Americans invented.

Yes our days are over.
*Eyeroll*
 
2019-06-29 10:42:52 PM  
"Risk is Our Business" - speech explaining what Star Trek is about
Youtube gIU3HrCCT2k
 
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