A claim that Kennedy’s Space Race produced all sorts of lovely things. When, in fact, well, not quite so.
The point they’re attempting to make is that if lots and lots is thrown at directed research then we’ll get spin offs. Which indeed we might well do. But even so it’s important to claim as spin offs things which actually were:
It is hoped that its launch will spawn new technologies, systems and policies just as the moonshot that John F. Kennedy proposed in the 1960s led to the development of new technology such as the MRI scanner and satellite dishes, smoke detectors and advanced water filters.
Smoke detectors, for example, pre-date the spare program. In fact, the basic technology we use today – americium doped detectors – was licenced for use in 1963. No, because something was coincident with NASA aiming for the stars does not mean it was caused by that splashing the cash.
So too with NMR. There is no connection at all with a Brit refining earlier techniques and wanting to beat the Russians to the Moon.
Sure and fine, claim all sorts of things as a justification for your latest idea. But they really should actually be a justification, no?