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One Giant Leap

July 19, 2012 by  

In the late evening hours of July 20, 1969, hundreds of millions of people watched in rapt attention the grainy black-and-white footage of Neil Armstrong as he exited the lunar module Eagle and became the first man to set foot on the moon. As he did, he uttered the now-famous line: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

That step culminated an eight-year project to fulfill President John F. Kennedy’s goal of beating the Soviet Union to the moon. It took more than 400,000 scientists, engineers and technicians and about $100 billion in today’s currency to achieve.

Innovations that developed as a result of space technology number in the hundreds of thousands. Among these are cordless tools, memory foam, medical imaging, material used in sports dome covers, electronic devices and scratch-proof lenses.

For years it was speculated that Apollo 11’s trip to the moon would result in the establishment of a moon base and then interplanetary travel. But NASA bogged down on the construction of the International Space Station (the roots of which began in 1972) and the Space Shuttle program. Now NASA doesn’t even have a craft capable of putting a man in orbit.

Source: nasa.gov

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Matt

    Obviously all Obaba’s fault.

  • Alex

    Let the people who wish to explore space do it on their dime.

    • Charlie Tall

      Let those who wish to eat buy their own food without my dime.

    • r.p.

      Why shouldn’t we explore? Were out here already aren’t we?

  • Charlie Tall

    The moon landing was directly attributable to the vision of one man, John F Kennedy. Since then, we have been inflicted with unimaginative political leaders whose only interest is securing themselves and their party in a position of power.

    They realized that by making people dependent on them, they assured their power. Space exploration does nothing to help these parasites maintain their power.

    The moon landing effort did more for the economy and prestige of the US than ten Obama Stimulus Packages, yet we will not see another until we force a limit on the power of the Federal government and its mandarins.

    • dan

      The space program also spurred innovation and technical advances which the current
      generation cannot appreciate….look at the communication industry …indeed all electronics. Then there are the batteries and solar panels and all of the experiments.
      And don’t forget the Tang :)

      • http://Aol Charles

        Toshae Dan I’m all the way with you. Hurayyyyyyy for NASA.

    • Rich Dinkel

      CHARLIE:
      You hit the Bull’s Eye, my friend!!!
      That was when NASA really had their “act” together, but Poor Charlie
      can’t fix what is broken because he must report to a President who doesn’t
      WANT him to be succefful!!
      I,am sorry about all that, Panther !!
      Semper Fi,
      Magic

    • Rich Dinkel

      CHARLIE:
      You hit the Bull’s Eye, my friend!!!
      That was when NASA really had their “act” together, but Poor Charlie
      can’t fix what is broken because he must report to a President who doesn’t
      WANT him to be succefful!!
      I,am sorry about all that, Pal.
      Magic
      Semper Fi,
      Magic

  • Daniel

    The space program is one of the very few examples of a successful, legitimate government program. It’s a great pity that the plan to go to Mars was canceled.

  • raw

    We’re de-evolving.

  • Carl Manning

    The lunar landings were completely faked. Like 911, the CIA-controlled MSM were playing propaganda psy-op games to distract from the Vietnam Conflict by creating manufactured patriotism, which is a euphemism for worshiping the State. The grainy images were produced by using a camera placed in front of a tv screen playing a recorded video of the fake lunar landings. All of NASA’s original footage of the lunar landings has been curiously destroyed. Gee, I wonder why??? The engineering practicality of landing on the Moon was prohibitively impossible. Don’t believe me, take the word of Werner von Braun himself…

    “It is commonly believed that man will fly directly from the earth to the moon, but to do this, we would require a vehicle of such gigantic proportions that it would prove an economic impossibility. It would have to develop sufficient speed to penetrate the atmosphere and overcome the earth’s gravity and, having traveled all the way to the moon, it must still have enough fuel to land safely and make the return trip to earth. Furthermore, in order to give the expedition a margin of safety, we would not use one ship alone, but a minimum of three … each rocket ship would be taller than New York’s Empire State Building [almost ¼ mile high] and weigh about ten times the tonnage of the Queen Mary, or some 800,000 tons.”

    Wernher von Braun, the father of the Apollo space program, writing in Conquest of the Moon

    It was also virtually impossible to communicate to and from the Moon. The amplification aspects were prohibitively impossible. There was no practical technology to counteract the extremely wide temperature variances on the surface of the Moon and the intense cosmic rays encountered on the Moon. This was all a hoax, another government fairytale like 911, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Vince Foster’s suicide, Jeannette Palfrey’s suicide, Ron Brown’s plane crash, Senator Paul Wellstone’s plane crash, JFK Jr.’s plane crash, Marilyn Monroe’s suicide, Princess Diana’s car crash, Oswald killed Kennedy, and Obama’s Birth Certificate. Believing in the lunar landings is the adult equivalent of believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. The powers that be laugh at just how gullibly stupid we are. The operative question is just what other fairytales will the powers that be try after so much success at fooling us for far too long???

    http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/Apollo1.html

    • Chester

      So Carl, I suppose the Earth is still flat, and there are no satellites orbiting so you can have twenty-four/seven trash on television. You are not the first to deny the moon landings and probably won’t be the last, in spite of all the proof. All you have to say is all the pictures, both still and moving, were faked up right here on earth in a movie studio. I have heard so many people on that run that I gave up trying to correct them and decided to let them live in their own little cave, along with the vacuum tube radio and television most of us gave up on long ago.

      • Carl Manning

        Do you care to offer any definitive proof??? O,r would you rather just spout the usual conspiracy theorist poppycock copout and ad hominem drivel??? NASA destroyed the original tapes! Can you answer me why such a thing occurred??? I think not!

      • Carl Manning

        Satellites are nowhere even close to the distance of the Moon. They are at most 200-400 miles above the Earth’s surface just like the Space Station.

    • http://personallibertydigest Grady Rogers

      well Carl, hate to disappoint you but my late father built the first radio that went to the moon and back. They had to invent megahertz to make it work. Back then the computer you now enjoy as a notebook took a 20′x25′ room to contain. The space program gave us light weight aluminum, miniature electronics and a multitude of breakthroughs.

    • Wil

      There you go. Trust no one.The truth is out there.

  • cawmun cents

    I am for innovation as much as the next guy.
    But for things to go well in an enterprise,there has to be cost effectiveness.
    Space….the final frontier.
    But lets take a look at what we actually know,rather than what we are being told.
    Try this on for size:
    (from the slightly dazed and confused wikipedia)

    Slightly smaller than Earth’s Moon, Europa is primarily made of silicate rock and probably has an iron core.
    It has a tenuous atmosphere composed primarily of oxygen. Its surface is composed of ice and is one of the smoothest in the Solar System.
    This surface is striated by cracks and streaks, while craters are relatively infrequent.
    The apparent youth and smoothness of the surface have led to the hypothesis that a water ocean exists beneath it, which could conceivably serve as an abode for extraterrestrial life.
    This hypothesis proposes that heat energy from tidal flexing causes the ocean to remain liquid and drives geological activity similar to plate tectonics.

    I call male bovine fecal matter.
    Why?
    Because science wants to call what is found beneath the surface of a moon of jupiter,an ocean.
    What characteristics do our own bodies of water which we call “oceans” posess?
    For one,they rest on a revolving body.
    For two,they exist in the”life beltway”which provides a perfect environment for life to occur.
    For three,they have what is known as a tidal shift,meaning that the water moves to and fro.
    This begs the question.
    Is it possible for their hypothetical ocean on Europa to posess those characteristics,and if not,then how can you call it an”ocean?”
    More importantly,how could you attribute the possibility for having life in them when they are not oceans yet are called oceans by the scientific community?
    So…is it an ocean or not?
    Since none of the above existing factors which make what we call our “oceans” are present on or about Europa,the answer has to be negatory Houston.
    Why spend their time postulating on things which cannot be then,you ask?
    The answer is simple,to get grants from various sources,you have to put forth ideas.They may be far fetched,but they have to be plausible.
    Nowever,this idea can be shot down with little to no effort.
    Why?
    Because by definition,their hypothetical ocean,cannot exist.
    So where does that leave the brilliant minds who came up with this hocus pocus?
    Kind of makes you wonder how much their education is worth doesnt it?
    I am no scholar,yet even I can see through their scatscreen.
    That there are intelligent folks among us who watch the discovery/science channels,yet do not point these things out about the various shows which paint us these rosy pictures,I find incredulous.
    It just goes to show you that gubment has no business in the aerospace industry.
    Can you imagine the fallacious stories politicians would make up to bilk you of your needed planetary fundage to pay for projects that they considered palpable?
    The possiblities are incomprehensible.
    So much for space exploration………
    Cheers!
    -CC.

    • Chester

      You are hypothesizing that all life and all liquid has to be exactly like we have on earth to kick that deal off. Why, may I ask, does life Have to be carbon/water based? It is equally possible that something could live in an ammonia ocean, or in a sea of liquid mercury. You have to allow for all possibilities before dismissing any of them. You do know, I hope, that if Columbus had met with the type of government you foster, what we call America now would probably have a totally different name, and a wholly different population. It is for sure that if the Queen of Spain had not believed in him and put up the money for his trip, he would never have found the West Indies, and neither would the Spanish have learned of the American continents at that early date.

      • cawmun cents

        No Chester I am going by what is known.Not some fake science fiction story writers ideas of what is known.
        Does Europa itself revolve,or is it stationary?
        Does it live in the beltway where we have a clear and concise definable distance from our world to the the star which provides enough heat for an atmoshere capable of sustaining life as we know it?
        Does it then have tidal movement if these conditions are not met?
        Can you answer yes to any of these questions?
        If not,then you have no oceans capable of sustaining life,no matter how good of an imagination you have.
        Thanks for calling.
        Cheers!
        -CC.

    • cawmun cents

      And by the way as a qualifier…Columbus lived here on our shiny blue marble.
      Not in a science fiction writers mind.
      -CC.

      • cawmun cents

        Cristobal Colon,
        Did not discover anything.He went from one point to the next and found something that was already there.
        Here is the thing though…..even though I am patently aware of your ability to cite the same possibility in a space explorer,what happens if the space explorer goes out and doesnt find anything?Are you aware of the distances involved in space exploration?Colon was standing on the same body that he was on when he left the opposite shore.To get to another world capable of sustaining life as we know it?Clearly the only reason to do so is to have a place to go if ours is no longer liveable,correct?
        If it is just for science to be able to say,”here it is,we told you so”….isnt really a good reason to venture out into the unknown.Especially considering the vast amounts of resources required to fund such a project.So if you ventured out and found nothing,it would be counterproductive wouldnt it? But say we found life that existed in an ocean of ammonia….what good does that do us?We cant exist that way….so in the end what have you accomplished?Nothing.
        What happens to all the resources it required to get to that point?Considering they will be much higher even by standards of then and now,to accomplish manufacturing,those needed resouces will have been sqaundered.
        Meanwhile back on earth……humanity bleeds,and resources are needed.
        I just fail to see the good points to this endeavor…..but maybe I am just shortsighted…only time will tell.
        -CC.

  • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

    Are you sure,Bob, that the American government has givn up.I am not.

    It IS possible that as a consequence of certain technological discoveries , not revealed to the public, that they have a SECRET space program for the “Elites”

    THINK Area 51, Denver Airport, FEMA camps etc. etc.

    Maybe they know something they DON’T want us to know…such as the coming COLLAPSE, economically, politically, earthly and the RAMIFICATIONS for human survival ???

    They sure dont want to be here when the SHTF.

  • ONTIME

    NASA was already a agency that was in partnership with many private concerns to accomplish a known mission, it could have easily become a part of private enterprise and continued to contribute to the space program and the industrial needs and inventions they produced.

    Now we have a new scheme, we send our astronauts into space by use of russkie vehicles at a cost of $20 mil/person and have now let our military continue to develop new innovation for space mostly weaponry. We have lost a bunch on this deal in skill, development and innovation and unless we decide that space exploration has a pay off the USA has definately given away a huge advantage to others that may not have all the peaceful intention we built into our NASA program…

  • Strighttothepoint 2012

    I Have a newspaper,that shows the Saturn 5 rocket before in was launched moon ward!!I suppose that most of the people that worked,or had anything to do with the moon project,are dead,or every old.What a shame to waste all that work!!!!The Saturn 5 rocket was a huge,365 feet tall,and a combine thrust of over 7.5million pounds of thrust. from its five engines.It was developed by the now,world famous scientest Werner Von Braun.(the man mostly responsiable for the development of the German V2 during WW2.)Just think,The UNITED StATES OF AMERICA,is the only nation so far,that has gone to the MOON!!!!

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