Me too. Much appreciated dissection there, Waspie.
The Soviets, as has been pointed out to you by Waspie, and by some others previously, did not stop their program. The rushed headlong in an attempt to beat the Americans, who the Soviets knew by the mid-1960s were well on their way to sucessfully completing their program...ahead of them. Often they rushed beyond reasonability, and had problems as a result...which is the result of a military-dominated, politician run project. The U.S. effort was managed of course by a government agency, but the White House was not calling any shots...they allowed NASA and the contractors to do their work, as they saw fit, since they were the experts.
You mentioned a bunch of firsts in the Soviet program, which are true. However, saying that no manned flights to the Moon were included, and somehow equating that to the U.S. program, you failed to mention the facts of American accomplishments in space, accomplishments which vaulted the U.S. into the lead in the Moon race.
This too has been pointed out to you.
Orbital plane changes, rendezvous and docking, orbital maneuvering, the mastery of EVA, long term space flight (pertinent to proposed lunar mission durations)...all American firsts, and of course, essential skills required to execute a lunar program as planned.
The reason Americans flew to the Moon, and the Soviets didn't is not because they knew it couldn't be done, it was because the Americans systematically, and publicly mastered these techniques ahead of the Soviets. We were ready to give it a shot before the Soviets. Additionally, as has also been pointed out, the Soviet large booster program suffered greatly, and their capability to attempt a Moon mission was pretty much destroyed (as far as any race was concerned) in July 1969, just prior to the Apollo 11 mission, by yet another catastrophic disaster at Baikonur. Of course, by that time, the manned race to the Moon had already be won by the U.S..
It appears that the Soviets were planning to launch a mission of their lunar package into Earth orbit for a shakedown, similar to our Apollo 9, which had flown sucessfully 4 months before. At the same time, the Soviets knew we were planning a Moon landing mission. I often wonder if they didn't have that disaster, if they'd have tried a lunar mission with that package, and by-passed a test flight of their lander in favor of the prize. I shudder to think of that possibility. But alas, it was not meant to be anyway, as the Soviets were just beginning to rebuild their facilities long after the first men to land on the Moon were back on Earth.
This is just too tired and old.
It's like you've never done any homework at all.
Plastics...polyethylene and fibrous insulators are better than metals...
NASA is attempting to study cosmic radiation as pertains to the proposed long term missions to the lunar surface.
We didn't need this type of information for Apollo, as they were not long term missions.
But you did go into it again.
The fact is, you refuse to do your homework and research the actual facts. You believe. Most of us refuse to believe what you say...indeed, we endeavor to teach you what you lack in your knowledge base, and which explains the fallacy of all of your contentions very clearly.
On the contrary, it is not that we refuse to believe. We simply do not believe you. This is because many of us know things that you refuse to investigate and learn.