reply to post by toocoolnc
You need to understand the the US public 50 years ago was completely different than the US public today.
50 years ago, a person standing on a street corner with a sign saying "I'm a communist" would have most like had the snot beat out of him, with
police looking the other way. Today, that same guy wouldn't even be given a second glance.
Americans then considered themselves great patriots. "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, And The American Way" was the motto.
150 billion spent on the manned Apollo program? You betchya! With most Americans cheering them on. It was important, because the USSR at the time had
been handing us our butts on a silver platter when it came to the space race up until then.
We were in the midst of a cold war, a cold war that almost went hot with the Cuban Missile crissis. Getting to the moon, and getting there first was
important......but not for the science of it. Because getting there first was going to show "those commie bastards how it's done!"
By 1971, President Nixon decided to cancel the rest of the Apollo program:
The reasons for going were moot by then. It wasn't about the science, it was about the politics. If there had been more science done, or if the later
missions had been more science oriented, then they may not have canceled those missions.
You also have to take into fact what was going on by 1971: coming out of the Vietnam war, and the government starting to curb the amount of money they
150 billion? Pffffft! That is NOTHING.
How much money has the current presidential administration spent on Bank Bailouts and programs like it? How does $700 billion
sound to you?