Kshitij Salgunan, Indian Internet activist
It is basically USELESS to send a person to moon. By useless, I hearby mean that we don't get any new knowledge or new sample or anything useful. The same is the case of sending a person to mars.
We can instead send robots which can collect samples, test them and they can work endlessly there.
Sending a human will also require development in various other technologies like 'life supporting space vehicle' which can be extremely costly.
The cost of sending a single human to moon under current circumstances will be 100times the cost of sending the mars probe (manglayaan). The Govt. of India allocates only a tiny budget for space research, so tiny that it is unbelievable that they were able to make, plan and send a probe to mars!
Read this descriptive answer to know more abut Mangalyaan mission:- What is the breakdown of cost for a space mission like India's Mars mission?
Balaji Viswanathan, Indian by Birth. Indian by Thought.
In the 1960s, the US put all its heart into NASA and the moon mission. There was a big fear that US would lose out to Soviet Union (Russia) in the space race. Such an urgency is the best incentive for scientific development. Resources were poured in and it was the national priority. US spent around $35b in today's dollars year after year.
To put that in context, India spent $1.1 billion on ISRO last year in a year it sent the MARS mission. It has a fraction of the resources that NASA got. However, even NASA has to rely on the Russians to get to the space these days, as the older priorities have gone and the gap between NASA and ISRO is slowly reducing.
Besides that the US had historically imposed plenty of restrictions on ISRO and we had to bootstrap a lot of it without outside help. U.S. SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON RUSSIAN, INDIAN SPACE GROUPS (1992 news). NASA, in comparison, had the best of talent from all over the world.
I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.
-- John Adams (Second American President)
Gandhi, Patel, Netaji, Nehru, Rajaji, Shastri and Prasad studied politics and war, so that we have the liberty to pursue mathematics, commerce and engineering. We have started to see the positive effects. If we keep walking that path and do our duty well, our children could study poetry and music.
Hrishikesh Kamat, Indian by Heart
Is going to the moon the only way to infer about some country's technological progress ??
- India came up with their own Cryogenic Engine when it was refused help.
- The Agni missile family are devastating and accurate
- We have nuclear research
- Majority of the programmers and research people overseas are Indian in origin.
- The Mangal Yaan was built within a budget less than that of the movie GRAVITY !
- Indian Engineers are highly demanded in the Industry
I don't think its justifiable to conclude someone's technological progress depending upon moon missions.
There are better ways to spend the same amout of money
Moon missions were taken to explore the moon and not to show technological advancement. Since we already know what is up there. We don't find it reasonable to go up there :P Better let the money stay in Swiss Banks
Nishant Jain, studied at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
first question should come in mind why usa is able to send man into moon in 1950 and 1960 but after that it fail to send what is responsibe for ussr and usa becoming so powerful in 1950 and 1960 in space scientific reserach and but after that it becom weak reasons for usa and ussr capability to send man into moon in 1950 and 1960 are :-
1 german expertise in rocket : germans are expert in rocket engineering in 1940 germans created powerful rockets in 1940. their roce ket expertise is best in world due to large reserach experience.after germans got defeated ,usa and ussr take german rocket scientists to their countries to develop powerful weapons .russia and usa was able to develop weapons quickly due to expertise of german scientist . than question come into mind " why usa is able to send man into moon " reason is von braun who is architect of saturn v rocket and most genius german . usa got most capable rocket scientist in world.
2 strong economy of usa and russia : usa and russia economy is very strong at that time that why they were able to afford expensive reserach