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i,m sorry but that doesn,t wash with me.....since we last sent a human to the moon you have said cost way more money than is been spent else where......come on even private space companys are talking about getting people to mars by 2020......if private space companys are talking about that then don,t tell me nasa couldn,t send a man back to the moon.
Originally posted by eriktheawful
Originally posted by sparky31
yeah but they are spending how many more billions on mars at this moment when surely its cheaper to send humans back to the moon?i bet there is alot more surprises to be found on the moon than we think
Originally posted by Tiger5
Sorry but I cannot find the programme to post a link.
However to reply to your OP manned space flight is too expensive and did not make economic sense when information can be gathered in a cheaper fashion using unmanned flights. Sorry but that is the Dollars and cents reasoning.
Manned space flight was necessary at the time of the Cold war to show american supremacy as was the space race.
come on what they believed about moons round other planets have all been rewritten in last few years so why not go back and study our own?edit on 2013 by sparky31 because: (no reason given)
The total cost of the Apollo Moon Program was $23.9 billion, accounting for inflation in today's dollars that comes to a total of $170 billion
Each Apollo mission cost about $18 billion each in today's dollars.
Total cost of the Mars Science Laboratory was $2.5 billion.
You do the math. Unmanned missions costs a LOT less. Less equipment, no need for food, water or air. No heavy shielding from solar radiation needed. No massive amounts of fuel to get there as quick as possible, since the longer humans are in space, the more danger they are in. Instead, you can use a minimum amount of fuel and gravity assists from other planets and take your time getting there at a much lower cost.
I would love to see a manned mission to Mars, or even back to the moon. But as other's have posted: money controls everything.
Originally posted by SpaceSaviour
Is it cheaper to send a manned mission from a base on the Moon to Mars then to send a manned mission to Mars from Earth?
If we went to the Moon and built a base there and used that as a jump-off spot for manned, or unmanned, missions to the rest of the solar system, would we save on fuel costs?
In principle, yes - you could save on fuel costs. Also, you could save on the cost of lifting material to orbit if you mine the Moon for aluminum, titanium, etc. However, the money spent on setting-up the infrastructure (mines, factories, fuel processing plants, etc.) on the Moon completely overwhelms any cost savings for Mars mission fuel.