Interesting little summary by Brandon Blatcher on Meta Filter about what it took to get us to the moon, the cost and sacrifices made and the four benefits we reaped out in the process.
39 years ago today, Apollo 17 splashed down in the South Pacific, marking the end to manned exploration of the Moon. What we learned from those 10 years of discovery was amazing.
It wasn't cheap or easy to send men to the Moon. In 1960 dollars, the financial cost was $25 billion dollars (estimated to be $170 billion in 2005 dollars).
The human cost is harder to quantify. While it's easy to note the three astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire, others died during training. Meanwhile, the long hours required for training left families bereft of a spouse and parent, a hole that the wives and families had to fill on their own.
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