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Old 03-26-2019, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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We can’t use 50 year old technology? No. I think it has more to do with using slide rules instead of computers and techs wearing short sleve white shirts at mission control. IMO there is no other logical reason. Its just to hard to duplicate what we did in 1969.
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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We can’t use 50 year old technology? No. I think it has more to do with using slide rules instead of computers and techs wearing short sleve white shirts at mission control. IMO there is no other logical reason. Its just to hard to duplicate what we did in 1969.
No it isn't. We have all the drawings and technical data of what went into the moon missions. That is documented out the wazoo. Plus, we have highly advanced computing now, years of gained knowledge in safety and materials, etc. So we have all the original data, plus much more. The technical side is not lacking, but is rich and supported.

It's mostly a matter of been there, done that. That box has been checked off. A return and repeat is not justified costs-wise. There would have to be many times more reasons and significances to returning to get the same benefits vs. costs match. Even the costs now would be much more, while the feds are much less interested in funding this, and putting money elsewhere (like in the military or building walls and nonsense).

Returning to the moon is neither necessary nor feasible. Don't get me wrong; I love NASA and space. But we have to live in the reality of 2019, not the 1960s.

Now, if we could come up with a really different idea and plan - something new, innovative, and challenging - we might find more support as with the moon missions. That's where our minds should be focused.

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Old 03-28-2019, 11:34 PM
 
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Now, if we could come up with a really different idea and plan - something new, innovative, and challenging - we might find more support as with the moon missions. That's where our minds should be focused.
Landing on an asteroid with people!
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:03 PM
 
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We can’t use 50 year old technology?
Close. The SLS will be flying with RS-25 (Space Shuttle) engines, designed in the 1970s.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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We don't have to change and redo everything. Truth is, some of the older technology remains the best and wisest even now. I'm talking about mechanical and chemical related devices; not electronics. Some people act as though everything needs to be 100% new/recent.
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Old 04-02-2019, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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We have invested a lot in developing composite technology since the 1970s, and that has a number of useful benefits. Plus solar panels have improved significantly, and we have proven ion drives for propelling unmanned supply vehicles on intersection missions with crewed vehicles.
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