Rosetta vs. the Dallas Cowboys

Landing the Rosetta spacecraft on a speeding comet is a pretty extraordinary thing. Rosetta has been traveling for 10 years. Who figures this stuff out, getting Rosetta and the comet in the same place at the same time?

Rosetta cost $1.4 billion. The website Vox points out that that is less than half of what was spent on the midterm election. It’s just a little bit more than the cost of the Dallas Cowboys stadium.

India sent a craft on a 10-month, 420 million mile journey, which put it in orbit around Mars. The cost: $750 million. By comparison, the movie “Gravity” cost $100 million.

Share Button

1 Comment to "Rosetta vs. the Dallas Cowboys"

  1. Jeff Bleijerveld

    You raise an excellent point. I read a recent article on the future of space exploration. The writer expressed frustration that so much money has, in his words, been wasted on manned space travel like the shuttle program and the space station over the last half century.

    Human have but five senses, and they don’t always work that well. The human body cannot withstand the rigors of space and so why not “boot” mankind out of the program. Computers have incredible sensory perception and can inform us with infinitely more data than could an astronaut peering from a spaceship window.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Receive Posts by Email

If you subscribe to my Feedburner feed, you'll automatically receive new posts by email. Very convenient.

Categories

Facebook

Linked In

Twitter

Monthly Archives