Why have humans never been back to the Moon after 1972?

By Richard Muller, Prof. Physics UC Berkeley, author “Physics for Future Presidents”

There never was much value in going to the Moon in the first place, so there was no good reason to return.

When J.F. Kennedy proposed we go to the moon by the end of the 1960s, his goal was to raise American spirits, to return us to a belief that we could win in a competition with the surging Soviet Union (which was not only beating us in space, but even in the Olympics!).

When Kennedy died, I think we were determined to get to the Moon in the now sacred deadline of the late 1960s, to fulfill Kennedy’s dream.

Scientists liked the Moon shot, primarily (this is my observation, not based on a careful poll) because it injected a lot of money into science in space. If the same money had been made available for science in space, but not involving human transport, then most scientists would have favored unmanned experiments, including unmanned exploration of the Moon. It made much more financial sense, but most people (especially at NASA) believed that without the human involvement, the public would not support high levels of spending.

Once we met Kennedy’s goals, of restoring the US spirit and self confidence, then the financial considerations took over. There simply is not much value added by putting men on the Moon; arguably, there is much science value lost. (Science experiments that have to be man-safe are far more expensive.) On the other hand, you’ll notice that not a lot of money has been spent on sending robots to the Moon. Some, and they’ve done some remarkable things, but not the many billions that go along with a man shot.

Instead, we have spent our resources with unmanned exploration of the solar system, with truly spectacular results. We’ve discovered that every moon of every planet appears to be different from every other moon! (That’s only a slight exaggeration.) The great glory of NASA in the last few decades has been its unmanned program. In comparison, the Space Station has accomplished very little. (Again, that is my personal evaluation.)

The Earth is Flat

The Earth is flat, at least according to the Flat Earth Society. Although officially they have only about 500 members, the postings and YouTube videos have pulled in some secret admirers that believe. Because it’s true.
The Earth is flat.
It’s always been flat. The governments of the world, the astronauts who claim they went to the moon and NASA are all covering up the truth. The north pole is at the center of the disk shaped Earth, and Antarctica is a wall of ice that surrounds the outer edge of the disk and prevents people from going further.
What happens when you get to the edge? Do you fall off? As far as I understand, no. There’s a dome over the top of the whole thing and you’d run into the dome at the outer edge, because
The Earth is flat.
It is the conspiracy of conspiracies. The biggest cover-up of them all. Look it up on the Internet. They wouldn’t put it on the Internet if it wasn’t true.
If it says “conspiracy” then it simply has to be real. Here are the top 10 conspiracy theories that people actually believe:

  1. The moon landing was fake.
  2. Hitler is alive and was involved with the attack on 9/11.
  3. Dungeons and Dragons is a cult.
  4. Paul McCartney died and was replaced by an impersonator.
  5. Our world leaders are lizard people.
  6. The CIA created AIDS.
  7. The 27 Club. A wide selection of musicians died at the age of 27, including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. The number 27 hold otherworldly power over the music industry inviting the biggest stars to die at 27 years old.
  8. The Middle Ages didn’t exist.
  9. The Jews created the Holocaust. Hitler was planted in Germany by evil Jews and his acts during WWII were Hitler following orders from his bosses.
  10. Obama was a Muslim, wasn’t born in America, could control the weather and had a mosque in the White House.

Notice that “the Earth is Flat” isn’t in the top ten. You know why? Because this conspiracy is so big and we’ve all been brainwashed since children, that even conspiracy theorists have trouble accepting the fact
The Earth is flat.
What do you think?