That's what I'm trying to answer - if we don't have any more Apollo missions it's because the funds were redirected to other programs, ie space
shuttle, mars rovers, hubble, and state of the art communication systems that could only be dreamed of in the Apollo era.
I'm not denaying the military has systems that are way too advanced for what they claim they have, and I don't blame them for having them and not
wanting to disclose them yet, in fact I believe if someone is stupid enough to reveal/sell the technology they have, that person should go to jail -
however I don't think they have anything like space stations, moon bases, or anti-gravity devices, but in the remote case that they do, I'm 99% sure
that NASA has nothing to do with that, but the OP seems to suggest they are deeply involved.
So I provide the OP with NASA's budget:
I'm challenging him to provide proof that NASA can sustain both moon landings, and space shuttles with their current budget/technology.
All the technology obtained from the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions will eventually merge into the Orion Program thus allowing NASA to perform both
moon/mars landings and the missions the shuttle currently performs with the same spacecraft and without real increase in budget.
But as long as Space Shuttle program is alive, NASA won't be able to invest in Orion, that's the reason the Shuttles are dying in 2014, the same way
the Apollo program died in 1975 to yield way for the Shuttle. I just don't see anything wrong with that picture..
[edit on 28-1-2008 by daniel_g]