- Sep 20, 2013
I saw that the Mars helicopter failed to fly. They are going to try again tomorrow, I think.
I'm very happy to see that it worked. What an accomplishment, can't wait to see what the future holds.
Perhaps with unlimited billions perhaps trillions of $s it might come true. Hard to see value for dollars required when human conditons on earth are so what they are these days, however.I can imagine some day in the future, someone will have climbed that hill in the background and be standing up there with their friends and they'll point down at that location and note that that was the location of the first powered flight off of Earth.
Exactly. Good way to put things in perspective. Problem with society these days is that entertainment is valued more than scientific achievement.Perhaps with unlimited billions perhaps trillions of $s it might come true. Hard to see value for dollars required when human conditons on earth are so what they are these days, however.
The helicopter was a stunning feat and a successful quest for sure. Not low costs but not seriously high cost.
The Mars helicopter/dronealone cost $80,000,000 to build and 5,000,000 to operate.
Perserverance costs were about $2.75 Billion but in context about the same as Disney’s global box office revenue for Avengers or the amount of money Google makes in 6 days.
So the cost of NASA's Perseverance rover is less than many might think.