February 19, 2014

From India, Proof That a Trip to Mars Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank The New York Times

Posted by tourdemars to Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at February 19, 2014 3:03 PM

While India’s recent launch of a spacecraft to Mars was a remarkable feat in its own right, it is the $75 million mission’s thrifty approach to time, money and materials that is getting attention. Just days after the launch of India’s Mangalyaan satellite, NASA sent off its own Mars mission, five years in the making, named Maven. Its cost: $671 million. The budget of India’s Mars mission, by contrast, was just three-quarters of the $100 million that Hollywood spent on last year’s space-based hit, “Gravity.”
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