Space junk, Ctd

Earlier this morning I blogged about the Russian space junk coming down to earth.

I quoted a Herald article by Abby Gillies that stated:

After a decade of planning and an estimated cost of $205 billion (NZD), “Phobos-Grunt” was launched from Kazakstan in November.

One of my commenters questions the amount of the costs of the project so i looked it up. Here is what Wikipedia says about the costs of the Fobos-Grunt project. (I’ve left the footnote links in because they have the references)


The cost of the spacecraft was 1.5 billion rubles ($64.4 million).[16] Project funding for the timeframe 2009–2012, including post-launch operations is about 2.4 billion rubles.[22] Total cost of the mission is 5 billion rubles ($163 million). In comparison, the more ambitious NASA/ESA joint Mars sample return mission is expected to cost around $8.5 billion.[74]

Ok so this looks like a simply typo after the churnalist looked up the details on Wikipedia. $163 million in USD is around $205 million according to an online currency calculator. Not a good look though.

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