posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 07:58 PM
I think we went to the moon. I just can't imagine a lie of this magnitude surviving this long without having its lid blown off. And there were easier
ways of feigning superiority to the russians. However, I do think that the moon mission became important to us as a tool to unite the population and
to compete with the russians in a way that wasn't violent. Remember the hysteria during the cuban missile crisis? There were children growing up with
the fear of nuclear armageddon. So going to the moon was a way to divert attention away from the scarier implications of the cold war.
I think in the 1960's and after there was also an effort to move attention away from the Orion Project, a military funded study into the potential of
using nuclear-pulsed propulsion in spacecraft. It had far ranging implications. Launching spacecraft into orbit became -more- cost effective as they
got bigger. One of the principle men behind the orion project, Freeman Dyson, is claimed to have stated this - after the project was killed - in the
, "...this is the first time in modern history that a major expansion of human technology has been suppressed for political
reasons.” From what I can tell, this appeared in an article he wrote that was named Death of a Project: 'Research Is Stopped on a System of Space
Propulsion Which Broke All The Rules of the Political Game.'
* I found information that says the Science
issue date was 9 July 1965
The real reason the project was suppressed was because it would have created the need for an industry based on utilizing nuclear weapons materials in
the pursuit of cheaper space travel. Imagine the big superpowers using these materials to launch spacecraft into space and then other countries
wanting to do the same? What if these (WMD) materials got into the wrong hands?
I've heard that they could have potentially used something like thermonuclear mini-bombs to reduce the radiation effects, but this doesn't skirt the
weapons potential of the materials. Anytime you have a technology that can make a BIG bang, it can present a threat if a bad person possesses it. I
think in the case of fission and fusion mini-bombs, there's good reason to suppress their uses.
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