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#16 Growled

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 20:00

^ I hope the Martians don't mind company.

 

What if they do?




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Posted 22 November 2013 - 20:33

This isn't the 60s, its too expensive to have multiple missions to do the same thing you can do with just one. Plus if you are going to spend that much money don't you think they should do more than go there and come back? We know we can get there, we don't need to waste money proving it. Research will happen regardless and it will most definitely be attainable.

 

Space travel today is actually much cheaper than in the 1960s and early 1970s. The numbers are higher, but the value is lower.

 

The Apollo program cost a total $110 billion (in today's dollars) over 15 years. That's compared to the very expensive Shuttle program, which cost a total $198 billion (in today's dollars) over 41 years and 134 missions.

 

In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s and 1970s, nearly every single piece of space missions, let alone manned space missions, had to literally be invented or newly manufactured/created to make it possible. Today getting into space is relatively cheap and routine.



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 20:40

SpaceX will be charging NASA ~$25-30M a seat for Dragon 2 crew missions to the ISS with 6 non-pilot seats available (normally using 4.) Soyuz rides are billed at ~$65M a seat with 2 non-pilot seats (normally using 1-2)

#19 vetneufuse

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 20:40

send a man and a woman huh? well you know that 18 month round trip is going to drive them nuts and they will more then likely have or try to have sex... two leave, three come back



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 22:33

This isn't the 60s, its too expensive to have multiple missions to do the same thing you can do with just one. Plus if you are going to spend that much money don't you think they should do more than go there and come back? We know we can get there, we don't need to waste money proving it. Research will happen regardless and it will most definitely be attainable.

 

I agree that the mission does seem to waste money by not doing anything productive, however we have never sent Humans that far out into the solar system, nobody has spent that long in space. The amount of data and information that will be gathered during this trip is massive. If they were going to do a land and retrieve mission, the time to plan/build/travel will be much more and the cost would double. 

 

As it is being paid for by a third party maybe he doesn't have the cash or time to wait.

 

It is also prompting a race amongst the community, which is always a good thing in getting things done.  



#21 Beittil

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:52

Ow well, the likelyness of this mission ever happning has been pretty much curbed anyway now that NASA gave Tito a "Tnx, but no!"

 

Poor Tito, from bad ass first ever space tourist to the guy that wanted to fly to Mars but couldn't get anybody to pay for it!