past v present in US space

Ranges depend on whether you measure from the first or last flight of a program that was active over some time period.

Past achievements in space exploration:

  • First US satellite in orbit to first man in space: 3 years
  • First US satellite in orbit to first man in orbit: 4 years
  • First man in orbit to first Moon landing: 8 years
  • Moon landings to LEO space station: 1-4 years
  • Moon landings to LEO Space Shuttle: 9-11 years
  • Pioneer 10 to Voyager 1 and 2: 5 years

Current vision of space exploration:

  • First LEO Space Shuttle to LEO space station completion: 19 years
  • From LEO Space Shuttle to Moon landing: 10-29 years
  • From LEO Space Shuttle to Mars landing: 17-36+ years
  • Cassini to Europa Jupiter System Mission: ~10 years

Where did the ambition go?! Maybe I will help re-inject some this summer.

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5 Responses to past v present in US space

  1. Nicole says:

    We stopped having the political motivation to compete with the Russians.

  2. jshoer says:

    I think it’s more along the lines that the Russians stopped competing with us.

  3. remotekontrol says:

    The Moon landings are without any shadow of a doubt completely & quite obviously fake.

    Please see my latest posting refering to Dave McGowans articles.

    Thanks =)

    http://remotekontrol.wordpress.com/

  4. Joseph says:

    For the Apollo landings to be a conspiracy is perhaps the least obvious explanation of those events, and disseminating that hogwash is a discredit to the hundreds of thousands of people who works for that achievement. See:

    http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/tv/foxapollo.html
    http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-moon-hoax/
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html

    …plus the fact that, from the Earth, we can actually measure that equipment left behind by the Apollo astronauts exists.

    I’m not going to rehash any of these arguments – Phil Plait, at the “bad astronomy” link above, has already done that impeccably – but I will reiterate what I think is the single best argument against such a conspiracy. Which is more plausible by the principle of Occam’s Razor: that the U.S. government spent billions of dollars, built tons of hardware, employed hundreds of thousands of people, presented events and results to millions of people as witness, and successfully kept them all quiet? Or that the money, hardware, and efforts were actually spent on reaching the Moon? I think it highly unlikely that actually landing on the Moon is the more difficult of the two!

    …But Moon hoaxers aren’t going to believe any of my, or Plait’s, arguments, because belief that the Moon landing was a hoax is not rooted in rational argument anyway.

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