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Old 08-07-2016, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Lumpy View Post
Anything done in the 1960s was hyper-optimistic where spaceflight is concerned. At the time people took the early space launches as the equivalent of Kitty Hawk, and presumed that spaceflight would advance as fast as technological development would allow. In fact they'd have been disbelieving if you told them that there'd be an interregnum where we'd putter about in low orbit for fifty years before even considering doing as much as returning to the moon.
Heh, reminds me of a comment by an aerospace engineer who'd been involved in Apollo along the lines of "If you'd told me in 1970 where we'd be in 1995, I'd've asked 'was there a major war?' "