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So why no human moon missions for so long?
It happened over 40 years ago. Technology has significantly improved in the past 40 years. The safety of a moon mission must now be much greater now than it was then. So why no human moon missions for so long?
Is the answer that there is nothing more to find there? You know that isn't true.
My conspiratorial suggestion as to why there hasn't been a manned mission to the moon in over 40 years is that we were told to stop by a non-human someone that can not ignored. Think dark side of the moon.
Well, besides the possibility that there was several massive alien craft there watching when we arrived, and the possibility that they made it clear that we weren't welcome, and the difficulty getting through the Van Allen belts without glowing in the dark, and the fact that when they did go, besides setting up a few simple experiments and playing golf and riding around in a dune buggy, it was kinda boring....
no reason to go back.
Actually, re-reading what I just wrote, going to the moon sounds an awful lot like some family reunions I've been to. I don't do them anymore, either.
Maybe it was because the Military Industrial Complex found no military value in sending people to the moon and funded something else. Surveillance satellites and the space shuttle program were much more suitable to their needs.