[FPSPACE] Project Apollo cost? And getting to Mars with astronauts

Sven Grahn svengrahn at bahnhof.se
Tue Apr 25 00:28:31 EDT 2017

I have heard the figure 120 G$ in year 2000 economic conditions. Don't remember the source.


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> 25 apr. 2017 kl. 05:31 skrev Peter Pesavento <pjp961 at svol.net>:
> I have been thinking about extended-time-frame manned space projects, after seeing what Trump said earlier today.
> I dimly remembered reading fairly often that Project Apollo cost in the neighborhood of $10 billion USD in 1969 dollars.
> I wondered what the equivalent amount in today’s money that would be.
> I visited http://www.dollartimes.com/inflation/inflation.php?amount=10&year=1969, and learned that this is the amount in today’s money USD.
> $68,009,014,084.51
> I don’t think that the current set of Congress-es we have had (most Republican-controlled) over the last several years would have had the consistent political will to ultimately pony up $68 billion USD solely applied to, and for, a manned program that would have its apex in nine years time into the future.
> So getting people to Mars probably won’t happen—the money needed to be spent is too dear, and the timeframes for completion not politically viable (for continuing support until the project’s conclusion).
> What do you think?  Have I mis-interpreted the trends?  Or not?
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