Wednesday, April 14, 2004  [!]
This link to an Alan Boyle piece came via the Martian Soil weblog whom I neglected to credit for the link to yesterday's post about The New Geek.

"The cost of robotic space exploration is not incremental. In fact, the bulk of the $835 million (I've seen a variety of numbers for this) is spent upfront in the design, construction and testing of the rovers, the launch vehicle and the ground support. If one or both of the rovers had failed at some point in their journey, most of that budget would still have been gone. It's not being there that is costly, it's getting there.

4/14/04; 9:43:25 PM | Space | Discuss | # | |