View Full Version : Whatís the better achievement?
07-27-2009, 07:16 AM
Sending a man to the moon or the Voyager mission?
To me itís the Voyager mission. Itís been traveling since Nov í77, has gone 16.247 billion km and itís still running. And thatís with 70ís technology.
07-27-2009, 07:31 AM
Keeping electronics working in space is a lot simpler than keeping a human working in space. Of course the combination of the two will be even better, manned flights to the borders of our solar system and beyond.
07-27-2009, 07:36 AM
I'd have to vote for sending a man to the moon. Sure, Voyager is an impressive feat, but it's unmanned, so it's somehow just less impressive. Besides, I have electronics from the 60's that still work. lol.
07-27-2009, 09:39 AM
Man to the moon here too. The logistics involved with orbiting Earth, then Luna, landing on Luna, getting off Luna, exiting the Lunar orbit, then crash landing on Earth are simply staggering. The Saturn V rockets they used are still the most powerful rockets ever created by man.
Launching a satellite that just goes isn't near as complex or exciting.
07-27-2009, 09:57 AM
Apollo 11 > Voyager. Sending humans to the moon, and returning them safely is a far greater achievement than tossing a satellite into space (although it is a testament to how reliable our tech can be).
07-27-2009, 10:04 AM
Neither of those, the Hubble Telescope.
07-27-2009, 10:11 AM
Apollo 11 > Voyager. Sending humans to the moon, and returning them safely is a far greater achievement than tossing a satellite into space (although it is a testament to how reliable our tech can used to be).
07-27-2009, 12:06 PM
But if you include all the information collected from each, I think Voyager pulls ahead. I mean it found so much info on the big four as well as their moons such as active volcanoes, ice moons with water, why Saturn has rings, etc...
What did they find out about the moon? The rocks there are the same as the ones here basicly which helped them form the Giant Impact hypothesis. Putting a man on the moon is huge but did they gain anything they couldn't have done with probes or robots?
07-27-2009, 01:10 PM
Apollo 11 placed a laser reflector panel on the surface. With it, we discovered that the moon is getting farther away from the Earth (1.4 inches a year). Earth's wobble is growing and the rate the Earth spins is slowing. The moon is also the cause of high and low tides. Eventually the moon will escape Earth's orbit.
Astronauts commented at the clarity on the surface of the moon. There is no atmosphere so there's no atmospheric distortion.
We also discovered that the side of the moon we don't see has been used and abused by asteroids.
Nevermind all the technological revelations that NASA made during the Apollo missions. It was worth going there at least once. I really don't see much sense in going back there by 2018 (especially when Congress isn't too inclined to fund NASA as is). :confused:
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