Monday, September 29, 2008

The Martian Chronicles: $700 Billion Dollars

While Washington squabbles over the $700 billion bailout, The Martian Chronicles, a science blog, presents some interesting numbers, for $700 billion is equal to:

5 Apollo Programs (at ~$135 billion inflation-adjusted dollars for entire program from conception to cancellation)

40 times NASA’s budget ($17.3 billion)

116 times budget of National Science Foundation (~$6 billion)

214 Cassini-Huygens missions (at ~$3.26 billion apiece)

538 space shuttle launches (averaging ~$1.3 billion per launch)

1,750 MER rovers (based on ~$800 million cost to build, launch, and operate both rovers for 90 days)

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