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posted on Feb, 11 2019 @ 03:46 AM link quote reply So many unmanned missions to the moon being proclaimed as almost revolutionary. No man has walked on the moon since 1972. Why are lunar rovers all the revolutionary rage and why has no man set foot on the moon in just under 40 years?
In 1969, Armstrong reportedly landed on the moon. Over the past 50 years... we can’t do it again? No nation on the earth can do it again or replicate the claim?
The stumbling block is that manned missions to the Moon require a gigantic (and therefore very expensive) rocket.
was planned to be used for Project Constellation, until that program’s cancellation in October 2010. Source: en.wikipedia.org...
So many unmanned missions to the moon being proclaimed as almost revolutionary. No man has walked on the moon since 1972. Why are lunar rovers all the revolutionary rage and why has no man set foot on the moon in just under 40 years?
originally posted by: OneBigMonkeyToo
a reply to: SayonaraJupiter
Giant rockets have been used many times, witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people. EOR is also possible, but you still need a very big rocket to get the payload up there. The launch to orbit of the equipment is the hard bit.
The constellation programme needed a heavy lifter, like the Ares V:
Which is a big rocket.
The Committee judged the nine-year-old Constellation program to be so behind schedule, underfunded and over budget that meeting any of its goals would not be possible. The President removed the program from the 2010 NASA budget request and a bi-partisan congress refused to fund it any longer, effectively canceling the program. One component of the program, the Orion crew capsule, was added back to plans but as a rescue vehicle to complement the Russian Soyuz in returning Station crews to Earth in the event of an emergency.
So, what's your point?