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viva la

(3,147 posts)
Fri May 26, 2023, 04:43 PM May 2023

Meanwhile, back in 1969...

CNN: On 4/26/2023, "A lunar lander likely plummeted 3 miles before smashing into the lunar surface after a historic attempt to make a soft touchdown on the moon, the Japanese company Ispace revealed Friday....
The Hakuto-R lunar lander was aiming to make history in late April in its attempt to become the first spacecraft — developed by a private company rather than a government space agency — to make a controlled landing on the moon."

Consider...On 7/20/1969, 54 years ago-- decades before the internet, with the computing power of your toddler's Speak and Spell-- two Americans not only landed safely on the moon's surface, they also walked around, got pictures, picked up rocks, got back into the landing craft, and shot back up into space to reconnect with their comrade in the orbiter. And all three men arrived home to earth a few days later.

Sometimes, really, governments do it better. And sooner.

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Marcus IM

(1,905 posts)
1. Government did not own the corporate manufacturers. It did oversee them.
Fri May 26, 2023, 04:45 PM
May 2023

And even that didn't always work out.



Deregulation is what's ruined things (in general).

viva la

(3,147 posts)
2. Massive government effort--
Fri May 26, 2023, 04:47 PM
May 2023

I wonder if JFK actually had any belief when he said, "We'll be on the moon by the end of the decade."

Mr.Bill

(23,894 posts)
3. I can't remember which one,
Fri May 26, 2023, 04:58 PM
May 2023

but one of the first seven astronauts said the scariest part of the whole thing was sitting on the launch pad on top of the rocket knowing every part beneath you was built by the lowest bidder.

malthaussen

(16,960 posts)
8. Funny, I've always heard it was Grissom.
Sat May 27, 2023, 12:56 PM
May 2023

The Marketwatch story says the quote is "attributed" to John Glenn. Which means it's probably apocryphal.

-- Mal

malthaussen

(16,960 posts)
9. Not that you're wrong, exactly...
Sat May 27, 2023, 12:59 PM
May 2023

... I happen to agree completely. But (there is a but), the budget for the program was considerably greater than private industry could provide. While this might be an argument in favor of government programs, it's also true that governments waste a hell of a lot more money accomplishing things than private industry (generally speaking).

-- Mal

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