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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the Applied-SiddhÄnta dept.

Popeidol writes:

"In November, India took the next step in their space program by launching their Mangalyaan Mars orbiter. The orbiter won't arrive for a while yet, but they've managed to get some public attention for a different reason: the fact that the entire mission costs only 75 million dollars, substantially less than the budget for the hit movie 'Gravity.'

While the question of wages is bound to come up (it was only 15% of the budget of the project), I think we can all agree that bringing down the cost of interplanetary space travel to a level attainable by the ultra-rich is a good step forward."

 
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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:42PM (#1744)

    "Statistically at least one of the two is going to fail"

    Statistically, both will fail at some point.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by VLM on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:48PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:48PM (#1754)

    True enough. One of the two will fail before meeting mission objectives would be more accurate.

    Some mars missions haven't failed yet, although eventually they will fail...

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Cactus on Tuesday February 18 2014, @06:56PM

    by Cactus (32) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @06:56PM (#1799) Journal

    "On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero."