[FPSPACE] Mars expedition cost estimate
Robert G Kennedy III
Fri, 9 Jan 2004 14:22:43 -0500
from the AP story Peter reposted:
>No firm cost estimates have been developed, but informal discussions
>the cost of a Mars expedition at nearly $1 trillion,
Bulls**t. I can hear that axe being ground all the way down here in
"Discussions" with whom? Ms. Applebaum & /Post/ editorial board?
The last time a space exploration initiative was announced by someone
with the surname of Bush, the figure bandied about was $400 billion.
(which is why the proposal died an unlamented death) The consumer price
index since No. 41 is about 1.5. Let me guess - the "discussion"
consisted of punching the old figure into a pocket calculator, then
rounding the result to the nearest single significant figure. ($400B *
1.5 ~ $1T)
>depending on how ambitious the project was.
Well, duh. Perhaps the rounding error above is actually a second line
item for the cost of terraforming for the first couple of decades.
Robert Kennedy, PE