Was it worth sending a man to space?
“We’ve spent between $35 and $40 billion on space . . . but if nothing else had come from that program except the knowledge that we get from satellite photography, it would be worth ten times to us what the whole program has cost. Because tonight we know how many missiles the enemy has and, it turned out, our guesses were way off. We were doing things we didn’t need to do. We were building things we didn’t need to build. We were harboring fears we didn’t need to harbor.”
– President Lyndon B. Johnson, January 1967
Note: Once the United States committed to putting a man on the Moon, it cost roughly $35 billion dollars to accomplish this, in roughly eight years. Comparatively, it cost $25 billion dollars to fight the Vietnam War for the entire year in 1967.