|Ha, that was funny. Leave it to those kuckleheads at Google...|
But Mr. Marotta, I disagree with your statement although not for your stated reasons. I view the space race in the greater view of the Cold War. The other nations of Earth needed proof that Americans could stand up to the Soviets and more importantly, we needed them as well. It was propaganda pure and simple. Thats not to say it wasn't other things like what the article said but the main goal was to beat the Soviets, not land on the moon. That way, the people of the Eastern Bloc and other places can look up at the moon and think, "men have been there, and they were Americans."
For those same reasons, I support us going to Mars. And now, ASAP. It shouldn't even be a competation, no one should be able to say, "ah, the Chinese almost beat them." No, we should be there decades before anyone else. Its national prestige and don't tell me things like that don't mean a damn cause they do.