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?
No I think the moon was a much better choice especially at the time.
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.
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.
No. We needed the learnings and incremental improvements resulting from the Shuttle program to go further into space.
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.
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.
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.