Why havent we been back to the moon since Dec 1972

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    I'm cluless.

    I thought the moon landing were a first step towards colonies on themoon.......................

    Like was portyared in 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)
     
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    I thought the moon landings had some scientific purpose and would be a stepping-stone- not some cold-war publicity stunt to show up the Soviets.
     
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    We have to go to the moon first before we can go back. Here's undeniable proof:

     
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    According to the Zeta it's really a space ship.
    They're murkins ya know.
     
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    Been there....done that....paid the bills
     
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    Going back didn't fit the plan after Apollo missions. Our concentration post Apollo was scientific research in low earth orbit in space laboratories as a way of justifying the costs, while believing that would promote future endeavors from any spin-offs. The research has paid off in many indirect, even direct ways, but the public does not fully understand or appreciate that. The long range planning goal-to-goal has been lacking in how to implement an overarching master plan in space because government agencies and politicians aren't sufficiently visionary to be able to see what the best path forward is.

    By accident, and forcing from budget constraints, more than intellectual pursuit, our (here in America) putting the marketplace more in command in future will remove the economic costs from national budgets, and place them more in the private sector where they should be, by all previous examples down through history.

    With great risks will come great potential benefits.

    Astrobotic Technology Annouces Lunar Mission on SpaceX Falcon 9
    Already, SPACE-X (a privately owned corporation/company) is proposing a collaborative mission with another company Astrobotics Tech. Inc., a mission to the moon involving a robotic lander and an extended mission of exploration.

    This fits the most successful model of the past: The first settlements in North America by the British were forced by competition between Britain and Spain driven by nationalism (a lot like the American/Soviet space race).

    The British, not able to stand by and see Spain (and Portugal) control all of the New World, established opportunities for "stock companies" made up of private investors seeking profit and other benefits. Individuals were found who were willing to leave behind the Old World for a new one because they wanted a different life, and saw potential for personal fortune. The inducements extended down to the lowest level of individual participation, for potential wealth, land ownership, and personal freedom from coercive government.

    These competitive forces will work just as well today as they did back then. Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX is investing his own personal fortune because the opportunities are real, and he and others are sufficiently visionary to form partnerships and invest in it, including a return to the moon for its obvious “inducements”
     
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    The future is unmanned space travel....R2D2 wins
     
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