Steve Ganz wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:05 pm
An inspiring event, full of wonder. Pretty amazing that it worked, and that most of the astronauts survived. However: Extremely wasteful
, but not as wasteful as war. Another however: men seem to motivated to achieve technical leaps by war efforts. Very puzzling.
Wasteful? I cannot agree. The medical and technological advances made directly from the research and development needed for a successful moon landing are still being felt today.
We had to developed new long distance modes of electronic communication. We had to design (at the time) the most powerful computers ever built. New materials that are maximally light and strong, new construction methods, new testing methods, new training methods, better understanding of human physiology, and the list goes on and on. And all that stuff is the set of precursors of much modern technology.
It reminds me of the old Gary Larsen Far Side comic in which a cave man is writing "1 ... 2 ... 3" on the cave wall, and stating to a bystander, "I know it has no practical application, but I believe in basic research."