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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: 1) by Pslytely Psycho on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:59AM

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:59AM (#2056)

    "I think it says something unfortunate about our society, that we put so much more in the way of resources into movies than into space exploration."

    Yes, but really it could not be any other way. Comparing Mass media meant for consumption by millions to scientific endevours that only a few will fully utilize the results of (not refering to any new technologies that may come of such mission and result in consumer products) is kind of apples and oranges.

    But, I agree with the idea that modern society places so little value in pure science.

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