Could we have had all the technilogical achievements had we not gotten a few rocks from the moon?
- Ronald 7Lv 77 months ago
Well it was a start
It actually proved once and for all that the Moon was made from the Ejecta put into Earth Orbit by the Theia Collision
- busterwasmycatLv 77 months ago
We would be missing some important science information concerning the origin of the earth, the earth-moon system, and some other things, but we could have attained the same basic technological advancements if we had sent an unmanned lander down from moon orbit rather than a manned one. Well, I suppose some things came from development and use of the manned rovers that might not have been encountered quite as quickly otherwise. Getting there to the moon, and back again, all while keeping the occupants alive and healthy, was the main part of the problem. Landing was a secondary detail, but even that did have some benefits.
- hoarsemanLv 77 months ago
Technological advances occur fastest when there are pressures for answers to specific problems -- and wars , climate change and space programmes put people under pressure .
- 7 months ago
Yes of course.
Most of the technology was borrowed from military applications anyway. After all, what does anyone think the Saturn V evolved from?
The pressure to get to the moon by the end of the decade meant that lots of engineers and computer dudes got work experience, and that there was an urgency about getting such a massive project to come together. If anything, the Apollo program put a rocket under tech development. But we would have gained all the tech anyway, but a little later. whether you see this as a good or bad thing depends upon the extent to which you idolize technology.
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- PhotonXLv 77 months ago
Eventually, sure, as long as we don't manage to start firing off nuclear weapons and destroy human civilization in the meantime, and provided there isn't a large enough space rock with our name on it in the foreseeable future (asteroid deflection technology will prove to be the raison d'etre for space-oriented industry). The Space Race greatly accelerated the growth of the solid-state electronics industry.
- Anonymous7 months ago
of course. all our technological advances could have been accomplished by simply investing in research and development of those technologies at a fraction of the cost without spending billions to send humans to the moon. all our advancements for the past fifty years have been almost entirely in electronics and computers and that was accomplished without sending any humans beyond low earth orbit. in fact those advancements in computers and electronics since the 1970s occurred independently of the space program and would have happened even without it. sending humans to the moon was simply a wasteful distraction. and sending robotic craft to explore space, although cheaper, is just as wasteful and unnecessary for technological advancement.