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Old November 13th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Re: In search of water ... Moon and the Mars

Also the competition of putting the first satellite into Earth orbit by US and USSR (USSR won in Sputnik), was driven by the desire to outsmart each other in the Cold War environment of the era. Even though US had the know how (in Braun's team), US was hesitating as putting a satellite into space has legal ramifications at that time. Legal aspect of where the territorial air space ends and where the universal air space begins were not defined. US (president Eisenhover) wanted to pursue the satellite-rocket technology for pursuing spying and they did not want to give USSR a justification to attack/launch counter offensive on spying charges unless the legal aspects were sorted out. This gave USSR time to Sputnik ahead of US claiming their "technological supremacy". But this act of USSR kind of helped US as they now need not worry about legal aspects as USSR already did the crime .

Sputnik galvanized public support and interest towards space exploration - and people now have a different war to confront - that of technlogical supremacy. This is the kind of environment that pure engineering like that rockets needs. It needs interest, big time funding and encouragement from the government.

Nowadays people are no more interested like they were about the space and moon in 60s. So the government itself is taking its sweet time for things like manned mission to Mars and asteroid exploration.
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