I thought the moon landings were supposed to be stepping stones

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    to other planets like Mars etc.

    And that bases would be set up on the lunar surface.

    Never enterned by mind that Gene Cernan would be the last American to set foot on the moon in Dec 1972.

    Was the American public imisinformed????????????
     
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    We decided we liked to spend money on war more than on exploring space.
     
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    I said Cernan was the last AMERICAN to set foot on the moon - the Chinese have announced their intention to put a man on the moon by 2025.

    Hey -we beat them by 56 years.....................
     
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    The great social experiment does not leave room for things like the future. People grew tired of space and did not see the true reality of it. It saddens me but NASA has faced budget problems for the last 20 years. It is no longer a matter of pushing the envelope into the future. We need money for WIC, healthcare, ignorant wars and a host of other things. In all that we forgot that expanding the knowledge and scope of all humanity should still be one of our most sought after goals. Alas, it is not.
     
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    for the naysayers I suggest you read what NASA has discovered in the last 10 years. We still have plans on going but it is a long way to Mars, unlike the moon which is close and look at the dangers we encountered with that flight. Sorry things aren't going as fast as you want. I thought we'd be using flying cars by now.
     
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    The moon, and the future for that matter, will be there for a while. Patience.
     
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    Going to the moon is totally different than going to mars. The moon is a few day mission. Going to mars would take at least 2 years. You would have to go around the sun once in order to get close enough to earth to get back again.
     
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    Funding is going to be the problem, the rest is the easy part. No more shuttle, and using 1960's Russian tech isn't helping.
     
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    The moon landings WERE/ARE stepping stones.

    You have a hard time recognising them as such because you interact and judge things and events through a time scale based on the average human life expectancy...

    40 years is a giant lapse of time for a man, but just a miserable second for mankind.

    So your perception is basically an "optical" illusion created by your mind, an illusion created by the fact that most of us are dead after our 70th something birthday.
     
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    And this will always be the problem with humanitys' ability to comprehend anything real. Nature is beyond the comprehension of the simple minded.
     

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