posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 08:38 AM
Originally posted by IgnoreTheFacts
Why didn't the Russians complete a manned moon shot? In a word(s).....capitalism, freedom, education and democracy.
I could explain further, but if one doesn't understand without further explanation I fear my logic would not be understood.
This is a very good point. The fact that in Soviet Russia, it wasn't good enough to just be a great engineer and scientist, one also had to be
"vetted" by the Party leaders, went a long way to completing their failure in the Moon Race. When the best minds you have are holed up in a gulag
after "falling out of favor" your chances of success quickly dwindle.
As for capitalism, well, that has consequences as well--now that the US is becoming a fascist state where the corporations run the government,
innovation is just as stifled as it was under the Soviet regime.
Does anyone really believe the Ares program is that far behind because we just can't figure out the tech? I mean, come on, people--Burt Rutan
created what is essentially a miniature Space Shuttle on a shoestring budget. The most complicated equipment in the Apollo program was the computers,
and most Americans' cell phones are more sophisticated than the computers that took us to the Moon.
You're honestly telling me that NASA, with billions
of dollars at their command, can't do what small private groups are doing now? That they
can't do so even though they did it before with a lower technology base? You don't "lose" that knowledge. It's not hard to look at what you did
before and take it a step further.
I contend that the real reason for NASA's delays with the new projects have little to do with an understanding of the technology, and everything to
do with corporate graft and too many "favors" owed both ways in the procurement process. Same thing with military procurement--during WWII we could
design a new fighter and have it flying over the front line in less than a year using slide rules and elbow grease. The F-22 Raptor went through a
design and testing process so long the war it was meant to fight will never come, and its "air superiority" role effectively no longer exists. Why?
Again, I say chicanery in the procurement process.
Soviet Russia, during the Moon Race, had the same problem in reverse.
Of course having better Nazi war criminals around to work out the bugs helped a lot too.