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How much money to burn to send someone to Mars?

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asked Feb 5 in Nature & Environment by CTasdyana Corporal (820 points)

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answered Feb 5 by Help team Sergeant (2,000 points)

Here's some answers that we came across with regard to your question.

  • The estimated cost of sending humans to the red planet is roughly 500 billion U.S. dollars, though the actual costs are likely to be more [1]

  • The U.S. National Research Council's 2014 report gives a rough estimate of how much it would cost to get astronauts to Mars. The effort is the equivalent of "perhaps 75-150 'flagship class' robotic exploration spacecraft (assuming an average cost of $1 to $2 billion each)," [2]

  • Anfimov suggested that the entire project would cost $20 billion and added that Russia would contribute 30 per cent of these funds.[3]


  1. Taylor, Fredric (2010). The Scientific Exploration of Mars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 306. ISBN 9780521829564.
  2. Mike Wall, (June 4, 2015) :  A Manned Mission to Mars: How NASA Could Do It  - How much would it cost?
  3. Will Knight,​ (8 July 2002) : Russia proposes manned Mars mission by 2015 - Malaysia Knowledge Exchange powered by community