In 40 years why has no country sent a manned mission to the Moon?

I am aware the US retired the types of rockets that could get a man to the moon but why would they do that and why wouldn't they or any other country in the world develop a similar rocket and send someone to the Moon?

If finances are the problem, why weren't they a problem 40 years ago?

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    – uhoh
    Apr 6 '17 at 14:16
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    – User9123
    Apr 6 '17 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ The Apollo program was a product of the cold war and fulfilled a military/geopolitical goal (despite being done by a "civilian" space program). No one has shown that going to the moon provides any economic value -- yet. $\endgroup$
    – Erik
    Apr 6 '17 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ "Why haven't we gone back to the moon?" Been there, done that, got the moon rocks! (But mostly 'cold war' as mentioned in previous comment by @Erik.) In addition to that, for further research, it would make more sense to send robotic probes, In the time since the moon landings, robotic technology has advanced immensely. Astronauts, not so much.. $\endgroup$ Apr 6 '17 at 14:46

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