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Originally posted by Meshakhad, NASA accidentally installed Vista on the ship computers).
You're right that cost is an issue.
Originally posted by randomname
i doesn't make much sense to use billions of dollars to build a vehicle to go back to a place that has been explored.
i would assume they have done every test imaginable to find precious minerals and natural resources to justify an expense back and found nothing.
I think you have two wrong ideas:
Originally posted by Illustronic
reply to post by Arbitrageur
My father had successful cataract surgery a couple of years ago, he's almost 85 years old, like some of the Apollo astronauts. I don't think that is linked to flying through the Van Allen belts.
I wouldn't blame all that on the Van Allen belts, because that article doesn't mention them either. And i think that there's a specific type of cataract astronauts are more prone to get cortical cataracts so if your father had, for example, a subcapsular cataract, that's not even the same type of cataract and exposure to space radiation doesn't seem to increase the frequency of those.
There appears to be a relationship between this radiation exposure and later development of cataracts, a disease characterized by a clouding of the lens of the eye. According to a 2001 study, a total of 39 astronauts have developed cataracts later in life, and 36 of them flew on high-radiation missions, such as those to the Moon.
Scientists are currently working on nailing down the genetic link between radiation exposure and cataracts, but until then, it simply appears that exposure to space radiation increases your risk of cataracts later in life.
Originally posted by Meshakhad
This thread is mainly directed at those who believe that we did not go to the moon, although believers like myself are welcome.
Let us imagine that the US government decides to go back to the moon. They come up with the money somehow (let's ignore how they would do it in this economic climate). They build a rocket largely similar to Apollo, only with modern technology. The first mission is a success, with the usual hiccups (rocket nearly explodes during test, brief electrical failure, NASA accidentally installed Vista on the ship computers). They send back a ton of footage, looking largely similar to the Apollo landings. There is a ton of media coverage, with some networks basically relocating to Cape Canaveral or Houston.
My question is, what would your reaction be? Would you be skeptical? Would you assume that they faked it again? Or would you believe that we had, in fact, returned to the moon? Would you reevaluate your opinions about the first lunar landing? Or, maybe, would you suggest that this was in fact the FIRST lunar landing?
Now, let me add some variations:
1. Instead of going alone, the US sends a joint mission with Russia, Europe, and Japan.
2. The Chinese also launch a lunar expedition. They beat the West there, but their expedition isn't nearly as impressive.
3. A few weeks before the launch, NASA, in response to conspiracy theorists, does a special documentary in which they answer several major questions. For instance, when asked about the Van Allen belts, they take the opportunity to show off their new radiation shielding.
4. Instead of just popping over for a visit and then coming home, the expedition establishes a permanent manned moon base. Although the media coverage dies down after a while, there is still plenty of data coming in, including a rather popular blog maintained by the astronauts.
How would each of these change your reaction?