This article tells us of the ambitious Russian Space program attempting to do something so out there, so audacious, so resource intensive, and so unthinkably advanced, that the USA hasn’t even attempted it since we got bored with it half a century ago. But, good luck to you guys. This brings to mind a few points to ponder.
- Whenever I hear Americans taking pride in “landing on the moon”, I think of it as a criticism, not a commendation, since invariably, the person saying it took no part in that achievement and wouldn’t know the first thing about how to go about doing it themselves. This really is a monumental achievement that was accomplished by giants who were capable of intellectual superhuman feats.
- Every time I hear some moron say “we could put a man on the moon but we still can’t ____”, I fell like taking a hostage, making the hostage fall in love with a puppy, getting the hostage to choose between killing the puppy or killing the the moron. I know, it’s a bit elaborate but we all need to have a hobby. The fact is that lots of things are hard and some things simply are not possible. Putting people on the moon was an engineering challenge. Getting half of the American voting population to stop looking at the US government as their personal piggy bank, is a moral challenge. The two are not comparable. No level of will power of national funding will solve every problem.
- I find it interesting that if the moon landing was simply a huge hoax, that the Russians and Chinese didn’t get in on the hoax. For that matter, why the NORKs didn’t take credit for their own moon landings and colonies on Venus. And now that the Cold War is over and the old Soviet Archives have been opened, where are the stories about how the Politburo decided to let the American “win” the fictional race to the moon? Where is the “now it can be told” story about how it didn’t really happen? If the cosmic rays really kill all life attempting to leave orbit, why wouldn’t the Russians know this and say it publicly?