reply to post by sparky31
You need to understand several things:
Politics of the time. Public mood and opinion at the time.
Prior to the moon landings, our government sold to the American people that it was very important to get to the moon before the USSR. It was a mater
of national pride. No expense spared. And politicians at the time had the support of the public on it.
By the time we got there, many things had changed. Vietnam was a mess, the year before, 1968, showed huge movements and changes in civil rights.
Public opinion on space exploration was changing. We got there, and got their first. So, we were done. No need to be spending so much money on landing
people on a ball of rock 1/4 of a million miles away.
People here felt we had more important things to be spending that money on, right here on Earth, and not "wasting" it on space exploration.
By 1972, the public was not interested in moon landings anymore. I know, I was there. Very young, but still there. People just were not amazed anymore
and they felt it was a huge waste of money.
There are plenty of people that are like that now. Search the Space Exploration forum. You'll find plenty of people posting here on ATS how 2.5
billion dollars on Curiosity was a HUGE waste of money and that we should be spending it right here on Earth (never mind that 2.5 billion is a literal
drop in the bucket compared to over 800 billion spent each year on our military).
It cost us 18 billion to do a single Apollo mission. That's NASA's budget for a entire year right now. They have other priorities, and because it's
tax payer's money, they would need to justify spending their entire yearly budget on ONE single mission.
Yes there are other countries planning on sending humans to the moon again. I think that's wonderful and I cheer them on. I wish it was the US, my
country, but I'm just happy that someone is going back.
Yes their are private companies planning on sending humans to Mars. Note that: PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANIES......not a government agency that is using
tax payer dollars. They can do what they want, and not really care how voters feel, because voters and tax payers do not put them into office.
You don't have to take my word for it. Do some actual research. Go back and look at posts right here on ATS, and see how many people post about
"wasting" money to go into space (manned or unmanned).
Then do some research on public opinion on it back in 1970-72. You'll see that the majority of public opinion was "stop wasting money going to the
moon. We've been there. We 'won' the space race already. Start spending money here on Earth."