Two things about this: one is that it is not so much the mission goal, as the getting there that counts. The American space programme in the 60s spawned an incredible number of technical advances and innovations (don't give me that tired old guff about non-stick frying pans), and I'm sure was preferable to the previous innovative era (aka The Second World War - starting with biplanes and ending with nukes).
The second is a much more Cold War / 2001 (novel) thing that if our planet's people completely destroy themselves, here's a record of us - a bit like the Voyager disc or the New Horizons one.
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From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Wood
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:02 AM
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Subject: Lunar Mission One
Does anyone else agree that the idea of putting a time capsule on, or
within the crust of, the moon is a wee bit bizarre?
After all we have difficulty locating things, from the past, here on Earth
even when it is right under our noses. What hope would any alien being have
in finding such a thing on the moon?
Furthermore, why would these aliens go looking on a completely different
body in space anyway?
On the other hand perhaps we ought to seek the answer the the Rockhenge
enigma by searching for a buried pot in Patagonia, or somewhere else
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