“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” proclaimed American astronaut Neil Armstrong when he became the first human being to step on the moon’s surface back in July 20, 1969.
The whole world witnessed the historic moment in amazement then and now many years later, we are left to wonder why we’ve never made it back to the moon. Although the last official manned landing on the moon happened in December 1972, no one has since returned.
Of course, people couldn’t help but ask why – especially since we now have advanced technology compared to what we had back in the days.
Actually, it’s not that hard to return.
In an interview with BusinessInsider, astronaut Christ Hadfield said:
“A permanent human research station on the moon is the next logical step. It’s only three days away. We can afford to get it wrong and not kill everybody.
“And we have a whole bunch of stuff we have to invent and then test in order to learn before we can go deeper out.”
Hadfield is known as the first Canadian to walk in space.
However, money is a major stumbling block why another moon mission has not been possible.
In 2015, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham declared budget is indeed a major issue for modern space exploration.
“NASA’s portion of the federal budget peaked at 4% in 1965. For the past 40 years it has remained below 1%, and for the last 15 years it has been driving toward 0.4% of the federal budget.”
A 2005 NASA report tells us that a trip to that moon “would cost approximately $104 billion ($133 billion today adjusted for inflation)”.
Cunningham also added:
“Manned exploration is the most expensive space venture and, consequently, the most difficult for which to obtain political support.”
NASA’s budget is obviously “way too low”, according to a Scientific American report.
Our hope lies in the form of private sectors such as Elon Musk’s Space X and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
As astronaut Jeffery Hoffman explained:
“There’s this generation of billionaires who are space nuts, which is great.
“The innovation that’s been going on over the last 10 years in spaceflight never would’ve happened if it was just NASA and Boeing and Lockheed. Because there was no motivation to reduce the cost or change the way we do it.
“There’s no question: If we’re going to go farther, especially if we’re going to go farther than the moon, we need new transportation.”
“Right now,” Hoffman lamented, “we’re still in the horse-and-buggy days of spaceflight.”
Science Explains Why Pregnant Women Often Have Strange Dreams
Ever noticed how dreams seem to be spookier and more vivid when you’re pregnant? Here’s why!
As if having bad dreams weren’t terrible enough, it seems they get stranger and happen more intensely when a woman is pregnant. Have you ever noticed this, ladies?
For example, pop star Cardi B tweeted about having "weird, crazy, spooky dreams" that were "too vivid" during her pregnancy. Her experience, of course, isn’t unique as studies have likewise discovered that pregnant women do have more nightmares compared with women who aren’t. Furthermore, it is said that pregnancy during the last trimester brings more frequent nightmares compared with the earlier trimesters.
According to experts, it’s all because of troubled sleeping.
NASA Had Evidence Of Life On Mars 40 Years Ago But Accidentally Destroyed It
The evidence may have been burned by mistake back in the 1970s.
For the longest time, people have wondered if there truly is life on Mars. Now reports are telling us that although NASA's Curiosity Rover has found evidence of ancient organics on the Red Planet, the discovery may have been delayed by a previous error. There are speculations that the organization found organic molecules almost 40 years ago but unfortunately, the evidence was destroyed before it could be studied.
The Curiosity Rover has been on Mars since 2013 but the rover only recently gathered organic molecules from sedimentary rocks this year. Needless to say, NASA was extremely excited with the discovery, which included seasonal changes in atmospheric methane. However, there is a possibility that these revelations may have been found by the Viking mission during the 1970s.
Curiosity is credited for being the only rover that has discovered ancient organics on Mars.
Science Explains Why Some People Hate The Taste of Beer
Apparently, some individuals are genetically-programmed to dislike beer.
We all have that one friend who always declines when we offer him or her a beer. The reasons may vary as some would cite health, religion, or others. It appears, however, that genetics can also be blamed for it.
According to science, our genes can actually influence the way our brains react to cold or bitter beverages. This is exactly why some people plainly dislike the taste of beer and refuse to drink it no matter what.