why would you assume this was my position?... .that's absurd, remember that post .... oh wait here, I'll just quote it by putting it in bold "humanity is unkind JohnC, it's selfish, it's cruel, the resources wasted on the space program were never going to fill emtpy stomachs."JohnC wrote:"improving the well-being of common people through scientific research".
I also mentioned this which to be clear also has nothing to do with your comment and here I'll put it in bold again "what I've learned and what I'm learning is that intelligent ppl are deliberately doing what will serve them best at the expense of others.... the more absurd the choices made the more likely something was gained that was never mentioned."
the cold war never wound down, Russia failed but in the eyes of the U.S. it's never wound down, it's why their defense budget keeps growing, it's why civil liberties are considered by those who matter as a legacy of the past.JustBrewIt wrote:Fear of "the enemy" gaining the upper hand in the race to militarize space was a huge motivator on both sides. That's also one of the reasons things slowed down drastically as the Cold War wound down.
for a nation competing on the global stage the cold war will never end.
as for slowing down it was defense capital that got silicon valley going which directly lead to this explosion in tech we are enjoying today, so while the space race slowed due to the lack of tangible gains to be had the pace of growth in other sectors certainly hasn't.
if I was to place a bet on why humanity isn't in space nearly so much as we'd hoped, I'd place it on our inability to find a viable means of producing gravity for prolonged exposure to space.