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Odysseus November 8th, 2019 4:20am

Fifty years ago the United States landed men on the moon. We then had the choice of planning a mission to Mars or develop a Space Shuttle program. In retrospect, did we make a mistake by choosing the Space Shuttle over Mars?

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Wert A picture of my sack
11/07/19 11:58 pm

Yes and no. We made the mistake of sticking with the shuttle too long and not moving onward, out of low earth orbit. We should have been testing our Mars mission tech on the Moon 20 years ago.

Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
11/08/19 4:26 am

We’ve gotten great things from the Space Shuttle Program is certainly true.
Certainly more than we would have gotten from a mission to Mars is a debatable statement.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
11/08/19 8:28 am

My dad worked at Boeing and he did a lot of different things for the space mission. I have his plaque hanging on the wall.

shygal47 Florida east coast
11/08/19 8:09 am

No. But we should not have dropped the ball either. We should have large mining facilities and a spaceport on the Moon by now.
Endless war instead.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
11/08/19 8:29 am

No I think the moon was a much better choice especially at the time.

Wackacrat Harford County
11/08/19 4:04 am

We've gotten great things and advanced tech from the low orbit space program, far more than mars has to offer in that regard. Certainly wasn't a loss.

11/08/19 7:48 am

No. We needed the learnings and incremental improvements resulting from the Shuttle program to go further into space.