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Old June 3 2010, 05:36 PM   #14
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Why it would cost 4 trillion dollars to take humans past Jupiter

An interesting article on io9 today titled:

The plans, published last month in the Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest, would take us to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto starting around year 2050.

Their travel plan to Neptune, for example, was designed with a 5-year total mission duration
Based on the costs of historic large technological endeavors, the scientists project that a mission to Neptune would cost roughly 4 trillion dollars.
via Ars Technica Dreaming big: planning a human mission to outer solar system

Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, the starting point for many unmanned space missions—the study’s lead author, Ralph McNutt,
You can read McNutt et. al.'s paper here [“Human Missions Throughout the Outer Solar System: Requirements and Implementations” ] (it's a PDF), and find out more about the voyage our descendants might someday take to the outer system.

via io9
Why it would cost 4 trillion dollars to take humans past Jupiter
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