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Fifty years ago we came to the moon. Will we ever come back?

SUBOTA marked the 50th anniversary of the first time people walked on the moon, marking various types of commemorative television programs, news articles and so on.

Apollo 11 was the first of the six missions that successfully landed on the moon, giving 12 men (and that they were all men) an opportunity to explore the surface of the moon.

The last landing on the Moon was in 1972 and since then no one has returned.

Although the first landing caused tremendous attention, and people glided over their television screens around the world, while the astronauts bumped into low lunar gravity, there were those who then said that it was just over a trick to gaining the prestige of the Soviet in cold war.

If the billions spent on the space race were legitimately deployed to alleviate the poverty here on Earth, they wondered.

Today, the same critics could say that addressing climate change issues was of greater priority

But there are also those who claim that the mission on the Moon was a legitimate manifestation of the original human instinct to explore unexplored territories, "boldly to go where nobody has gone before," as it has a familiar phrase.

Who is right? Should human race be satisfied with life on earth, or is the "outburst" something to be respected, to encourage people to go beyond boundaries in search of scientific knowledge?

We have an International Space Station, which has been circling over our heads since 1998 and has been permanently owned since 2002.

But the prospects of seeing, say, the permanent colonies on the moon, the kind that is depicted in the famous movie 2001: Odyssey in the universe, looks slim.

The odds that any government funding would look exceptionally small, and the project of such magnitude is surely beyond the financial reach even of the wealthiest space entrepreneurs of the type Elon Musk.

But who knows what the future might have?

What is certain is that the Moon, which has fascinated people for thousands of years, will continue with the same fascination.

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