Lack of Technology?
"They couldn't have possibly put people on the moon in the 60's. The technology wasn't good enough then. We only had black & white TV, no solar power, no computers, not even calculators!"
How true is this statement? This is a common point often mentioned on You- Tube. But lets look at real technological history rather than guessing.
1800; Discovery of Infra-red, William Herschel, UK.
1835; First electrical Solar Power, France.
1905; Discovery of time travel into the future, Albert Einstein.
1910; First Particle Accelerator at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK.
1917; The atom was split in half at the Rutherford Laboratory, Cambridge, UK.
1938; Baird produced world's first colour TV broadcast, London, UK.
1942; CCTV invented for V2 rocket observations, Peenemunde, Germany.
1942; First Nuclear Reactor built in Chicago, USA.
1943; First Programmable Computer, called Colossus, Bletchley Park, UK.
1944; First Rocket into Space, the V2, Germany.
1944; First jet powered fighter aircraft, ME 262, Germany.
1945; First Atomic Bomb, New Mexico, USA.
1947; First plane to break the Sound Barrier, California, USA.
1947; First solid state solar cell, Bells Labs, New Jersey, USA.
1954; First Nuclear Power Station, Obninsk, USSR.
1957; First electronic calculator by Casio, Japan.
1957; First satellite, launched by USSR.
1959; First spacecraft to fly past the moon, USSR.
1959; First mass produced Silicon Chip, invented by Robert Noyce, California, USA.
1961; First Man in Space, USSR.
1962; First spacecraft to reach Venus, Mariner 2, launched from Florida, USA.
1964; First spacecraft to reach Mars, Mariner 4, launched from Florida, USA..
1966; First Regular Colour TV broadcast - BBC, London, UK.
1966; First Vertical Take-Off Jet to enter service - The Harrier, UK.
1969; First supersonic & fly-by-wire passenger aircraft, Mach 2 - Concorde, UK / France.
So did we have the technology to go off to the moon in 1969? You bet we did - but only just!