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So you have a vested interest in the industry.
The technological spin-offs from the pure research is of benefit to all of us. And all of that research is patent free.
The other indirect spin-off was the economic growth we experienced throughout the '60s. The country had a vision and the drive to make it happen.
Even today we have all the technology we need to continue this effort, but we've lost the drive to do so. That's a shame and a disgrace for all of us.
The main area of pure research we would need for a permanent Moon base and a safe human trip to Mars would be in human healthcare and closed ecological systems. The spin-offs from such an endeavor boggles the mind.