Egadd wrote:And so here we are, 40 years later and unable to even leave orbit? It sure is becoming easier for the imaginative mind to think that perhaps, maybe they did fake it all those years ago. If they did fake it, it would appear that the only thing they could not anticipate was technology. How can we not expect NASA to be able to fly back to the Moon almost on a whim? Who unlearns how to fly to the Moon?
Who has said that we cannot leave earth orbit?
It is quite easy to have something leave earth orbit. NASA has done so dozens of times since the '70s with every exploration mission they have sent up.
One link I followed said that G.W.Bush was told "..it would take 11 years to return to the moon".
That is the time frame for designing a modern MANNED mission with a proposed budget.
If in fact science believes this right now, how could their fore fathers in the field have done it with the low tech computer of the day?
the computers are really only relevent in navigation and as I said, spacecraft have left for more complex missions beyond earth orbit than simply heading for the Moon.
In so little time as well.
You mean like when the USA poured all it had into doing so in 8 years?
Yeah it could be speeded up quite a bit, all you need to do is take all that money being used to fight either one of the two overseas wars and give it to NASA , and tell NASA to cancel all other planned missions and concentrate soley on going back to the Moon.
This is not seen as a viable option.
Hmm. Could it be that we were so simple at the time that we didn't realize how hard it would still be in 40 years to actually do it?
Its always been difficult to send men into space and bring them back alive. It gets more difficult the further you send them away from terra firma.
If they did go to the Moon with Astronauts on board a ship that NASA built, why not show the World all over again? Break that bad boy out again. Wrap it in another sheet of aluminum foil or whatever, add a PS3 (after all it does everything) to that thing and fly to the Moon. Simple then, take all of the 1960's technology, add 2010s and wham , should be easy right?
Sure, and you could also take out a 1960's Cadillac and use it as your family vehicle. It would get horrible gas mileage, it would spew more noxious gasses than a modern automobile, it would require more frequent maintenance and replacement of parts, but it would work.
I used to work on a device that tracked ballon borne weather instruments. It was originally designed in the 1950s and at that time wasall tubes as far as it electronics went.
Sections of it were upgraded to solid state by the time I was working on them in the 1980s but many sections were still tubes. the redesign of each section being replaced with solid state took 1 to 4 years.
No, it is NOT easy to simply renovate old technology. It is actually cheaper to redesign the whole thing. Renovation is often done as it was with the GMD(Ground Meteorlogical Device) in piecemeal fashion because it can be spread out over decades whereas a complete redesign must have a total budget in place at the outset.
Math, science, history unraveling the mystery, that all started with a Big Bang.....BANG!!