Costs and benefits of landing American astronauts on the moon


Spread the love

Costs and benefits of landing American astronauts on the moon

50 years have passed since the day when the American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin July 20, 1969 for the first time in human history landed on the moon. In total, the Apollo space program from 1969 to 1972. NASA successfully sent ships to the Earth’s satellite 6 times. Only 12 earthlings were lucky enough to walk on the lunar surface.

The United States spent huge funds from the budget on the “lunar program”, which, according to the opponents of the Apollo project, could use the social needs of the American population with greater benefit. How much these waste was needed and what would happen to the progress of mankind if people had not flown to the moon, some experts judged reasonably.

In the early 60s of the XX century, the United States was hopelessly lagging behind the Soviet Union in space exploration. In the light of the then Cold War, this was a tangible blow to the pride of Americans and the country's prestige in the world.

But what could have been done if both the first satellite and the first astronaut had already been in orbit, and there seemed to be nothing to get ahead of the USSR. However, overtaking the “advice” in space exploration was a matter of principle for America.

The Lunar Race began in the United States on September 12, 1962 with a speech by President Kennedy, who promised the American people to land astronauts on the surface of the Earth’s satellite by 1970. And this had to be done earlier than the USSR, thereby proving the superiority of America over the communists in space.

However, after the tragic death of Kennedy, the risk of closing the Apollo program was very high. Huge amounts of money were spent on the project, which the next president, Lyndon Johnson, could direct to implement his social anti-poverty policy. However, in memory of the fallen Kennedy, Johnson continued the Apollo project.

The US jerk in the "lunar program" was so great that by 1974, when NASA had already 6 times successfully landed astronauts on the Moon and returned them back to Earth, the USSR was still testing a lunar launch vehicle. Realizing that the "moon race" was lost, the Soviet Union closed its program.

The Apollo project was of great importance in the development of the technological progress of mankind. Indeed, for a successful flight, landing on the moon and returning back, people needed the help of computers. For this, they began to be made compact so as not to take up the usable space of the ship.

The fact that humanity now has miniature electronic devices, people owe the lunar program. These and many other developments that civilization is now using, of course, would have appeared at the disposal of man. However, without the Apollo program, all this would have happened much later.

@import 'https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Exo+2-00-0000,500,700&subset=cyrillic';
                        .rio2016-card {
                            background-color: rgba (250, 250, 250, 1);
                            border: 1px solid #ccc;

                            width: 660px;
                            margin: auto;
                            padding: 20px;
                            padding-top: 10px;
                            padding-bottom: 10px;
                            margin-top: 30px;
                            margin-bottom: 0px;
                            font-family: 'Exo 2', sans-serif;
                        }
                        .rio2016-card: last-child {
                            margin-bottom: 30px;
                        }
                        .rio2016-card * {
                            font-family: 'Exo 2', sans-serif;
                        }
                        .rio2016-card h2 {
                            text-align: center;
                        }
                        .rio2016-card p {
                            font-size: 18px;
                        }
                        .rio2016-card-position {
                            display: block;
                            font-size: 30px;
                            text-align: center;
                            color: # da0202;
                            font-family: 'Exo 2', sans-serif;
                            margin-bottom: 10px;
                        }
                        .rio2016-card-image {
                            margin-top: 0px;
                            border: 1px solid #ccc;
                            width: 660px! important;
                        }
                        .rio2016-cards iframe {
                            margin: auto;
                            margin-top: 0px;
                            border: 1px solid #ccc;
                        }

                    
  . (tagsToTranslate) Newsland (t) news (t) latest news (t) Costs and benefits of landing American astronauts on the moon