Our Return To The Moon Won't Be Cheap

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A recent US Government study has suggested that NASA's new moon mission may need an additional $30 billion-plus to succeed. We all want to return to the moon, but perhaps not that much.


The new report by the US Congressional Budget Office suggests that NASA has a tendency to underestimate the cost of projects by 25%, leading to the possibility of a $32 billion bailout being required for the Constellation Program, which aims to return people to the moon by the year 2020. But that's just one of the solutions being suggested by the CBO report; also to be considered are changing the direction of NASA by cutting non-moon-mission projects, slowing Constellation down, and somewhat surprisingly, giving NASA an additional 75 billion dollars, just in case. Because, you know, we just have that money lying around.

NASA may need extra $30b to stay on schedule to moon [New Scientist]

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It's only expensive because they insist on making it *safe* to go to the moon.

It's unreasonable to expect riding a six thousand-pound column of liquid hydrogen to be as safe as a trip to Disneyland. But somehow that is what NASA seems to aim for, and so you end up with bloated cost overruns and mission delays.

Seriously, when did we lose the concept of acceptable losses in the name of progress?