2010: A new space odyssey beckons
A waste of money or a good investment?
The Obama administration puts the cost of Project Constellation â€“ the plan to put people back on the Moon â€“ at $187bn (Â£114bn).
That sum could, instead:
*Wipe out North Africa’s foreign debt of Â£70bn â€“ and still have Â£44bn left over.
*Cover the costs of swine flu absenteeism for 10 weeks. Experts put the toll of this at Â£1.5bn a day.
*Pay for the Olympic 2012 construction costs of Â£9bn 12 times over.
But Professor Stephen Hawking says: “We need to renew our commitment to human spaceflight. Robotic missions are cheaper, but if one is considering the future of humanity, we have to visit other worlds ourselves.”
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