posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 07:31 PM
Originally posted by kiwifoot
Originally posted by JaxonRoberts
The Constellation program is still on the drawing board and they cannot start to retool the facilities at Cape Kennedy until the Shuttle Program is
completed. Unlike the 60's, NASA is not trying to rush the program through like they did with the Apollo Program. The new vehicles are much more
technologically advanced, so it will take longer to test and approve them.
The Apollo program had to do everything from scratch. Everything. I don't care how much money they had, I simply cannot believe that the technology
in the 1960's could deliver a man on the moon in nearly half the time, taking into account the forty years of knowledge gained. Especailly with what
we already supposedly know about the moon from the Apollo missions.
Also the entire Shuttle program was delivered in 9 years!
Well they did land 12 men on the Moon, and we have set a modest target this time round. What's the rush?! You won't be happy if American's are
sent to their graves due to faulty or shoddy equipment. How close was the Apollo 13 crew to being lost due to electrical faults.
We have gained knowledge, but that's not the same as actually doing it. The physics of going to the Moon is not the same as the engineering aspects
of it. The engineers who built the Apollo modules aren't around anymore, so we've lost the expertise to build them and even NASA admitted some
stuff had to be thought of from scratch for their Ares rockets. They did have a failure when they tested an Ares capsule when its parashute didn't
open properly and it just crash landed. It looks a silly failure, but nevertheless we learn from mistakes, and it's better to make those mistakes
without any astronauts inside the modules at the time.
Funding issues that have arisen are due to in some cases a budget has been set too low, as asking for a higher budget would have been rejected by the
Bush administration. Therefore they have had to downsize certain projects, which in essense also slows down progress, and making readjustments also
costs more. Hopefully that's something Obama's administration will do better.
Anyway I read an article about this on BadAstronomy can't find it now, but I'm sure someone can. It gave many more reasons, you'd be surprised at
how many times the system is just the problem. Maybe things were much simpler in the 60's and so easier just to get the job done.
Here's some amazing recent photos of the Ares rockets, and you can see they have indeed been busy at NASA.
[edit on 17-6-2009 by john124]