posted on Sep, 23 2009 @ 09:15 PM
reply to post by TheNetherlands
It is perfectly believable for 2 reasons:
1) Our current chemical rocket launch system is VERY expensive. I don't know if you have ever done fuel/weight calculations, but it is amazing how
much fuel, and thus money, it takes to launch our satellites. All of our money has been directed toward launching a wide range of projects that have
been smaller than the Apollo program. This brings up the other reason.
2) There has not been a big, unified, public push for some large space program after Apollo. We have been limping along with this little satellite
program, that little probe, or some other lander while using the shuttle for support without any big picture plan for something spectacular. Thus all
of our money has been spread out over a wide range of programs for the last several years.
Just look at the space program for the last several decades and take a basic astronautical science course. This info is pretty easily accessible.