As a little budding racist in the 1970s, our “technology” was awfully impressive. Transistor radios, landline rotary phones that were as sleek and stylish as a cinder block, enormous console TVs that weighed as much as Lizzo and were about as attractive. The compact disk wasn’t commercially available until 1982, the first graphing calculator not until 1985. Despite the primitive quality of our technology, the U.S. landed men on the moon six times from July of 1969 to December of 1972. Even as far back as 1959, the Soviets “landed” a spacecraft on the surface of the moon, the Luna 2.
Since that time, there have been no manned landings on the moon. There have been a number of “intentional impact landings” and a handful of Chinese unmanned landings, most recently the Chang’e 5 mission in 2020 that landed, collected samples and returned to Earth, the first time a lander made it to the moon and returned back with samples since 1976, a gap of 44 years.
Meanwhile, technology has advanced at a dizzying pace. The computing power most of you are reading this on in your smartphone was not only difficult to imagine at the time of the lunar landings, it was difficult to imagine at the turn of the century. The desktop I am writing this post with is a marvel of data manipulation and I purchased it just last May (My New Rig) and it is already out of date. Yet we have not been able to replicate the signature accomplishment of landing men on the moon again. Honestly I wouldn’t volunteer for a manned mission anyway given the news yesterday that triggered this post.
Russia’s Lunar lander failed on approach and crashed into the surface of the moon on Sunday, marking an end to Russia’s first lunar mission in 47 years.
Russia’s spaceflight group, Roskosmos, announced the failure in a statement, saying the craft ran into a problem as it attempt to enter a pre-landing orbit. The Luna-25 spacecraft had been scheduled to land on Monday, but Roskosmos says it careened out of control and crashed into the moon around 12:00 GMT on Saturday.
“The apparatus moved into an unpredictable orbit and ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the Moon,” Roskosmos said in a statement.
Roskosmos says a commission has been set up to investigate the cause for the failure. It was Russia’s first trip to lunar orbit since 1976.https://archive.vn/Py4gz
This comes on the heels of a similar event in April…
A Japanese company has lost contact with a small robotic spacecraft it was sending to the moon. Analysis of data from the vehicle suggests it ran out of propellant during its final approach and instead of landing softly crashed into the lunar surface.https://archive.vn/dQ0AS
Oops, they ran out of gas? From the same article….
Ispace provided a brief update to say that mission controllers are still investigating. In 2019, two attempted lunar landings, one by India’s space agency, the other by SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, both crashed. In those landing attempts, the trajectory and speed data went awry before the signals were lost. Here, we don’t exactly know what the mission controllers saw but instead saw the simulation of what was supposed to have been occurring.
In other words, we have gone from landing men on the moon to running out of gas and crash landing into the moon, despite having technology light years ahead of what we had in the 1960s and 1970s. Not only do we have better technology but we aren’t creating this from scratch, we already went to the damn moon with people half a dozen times! The Soviets went there and back as well in the 1970s with unmanned missions but now can’t land on the surface of the moon with almost half a century of technological improvements?
Meanwhile, NASA claims they are going to send
men people back to the moon in 2025 and not just icky White men but women and people of color! See: We Wuz Assternotz And Sheeit!. It would be a shame if a lander piloted by a half black, half Jewish transvestite illegal alien in a wheelchair crashed into the surface of the moon while wearing a traditional Native American headdress. Just saying….
One of two things has happened.
Either we are unable to get back to the moon because we never got there in the first place…
….we have gotten so much dumber in the last 50 years that despite our advanced technology we can’t replicate the landings.
I lean strongly toward the second (see: The Dumbing Down Of America) but in 2023 after They have stolen several elections and convinced the entire nation to wear paper masks and get an untested “vaccine”? I can no longer rule out the first.
Technology builds on prior achievements. When Cyberpower PC built my desktop rig, they didn’t have to figure out the microprocessor and operating system from scratch. When it comes to space travel? We seem to be regressing. This has ominous implications for other, less flashy aspects of life. It doesn’t really matter to me if we land on the moon again but if the electrical grid fails or a bridge collapses while I am driving over it because the contract went to an engineer selected for diversity reasons? That does matter to me and that tipping point is coming soon. The space program is just the canary in the coal mine.