1980's - Fall of Super Science
Cocaine, MTV, and the death of Disco spelled the end of Super Science.
No longer concerned with discovering life on Jupiter, scientists tuned their focus to fax machines, video arcade games, and portable cassette players. It was a time of indulgence, consumerism, and internalization.
Else Earth advanced much in personal entertainment and satisfaction, but stagnated on extraplanetary exploration and shrink rays.