The Cost of Exploring Space
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THE COST OF
FILM vs. REALITY
Humanity has always been fascinated
by space. In 459 BCE, the Greek
philosopher Anaxagoras claimed:
The purpose of life is the
investigation tithe Sun,
the Moon, and the heavens"
MOVIES ' ROCKET SHIPS COMPARED
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Long March (Choral
Delta 2 (7920/ 5) (USA)
2001 A Space Odyssey
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Athena 2 (USA) an
FILMING THE STARS VS. VISITING THEM
The US. cinema market generated That' s more than the space
program budgets of China,
Ill. 8 wll. LIM France and combined.
in box office revenues I " *)
That' s more than the UK' s, Canada' s and
Total cost of the Star Trek film series: Norway' s some budgets combined at
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And enough to launch
6 European Mane .
The budget my the Forthcoming Star Trek: into Darkness alone is enough to launch 10 Pegasus us.
That' s just over half ' s space
Total cost the Star series: budget in 2010 at
MILLION . 24 BILLION
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or I? Chinese Long March ,
Prometheus, the latest instalment in The Search for Extra Terrestrial
the Alien franchise, had a budget intelligence( ) scans radio signals
satellite any has annual running costs of
2. 5 MILLION
Prometheus‘ moms budget would be
enough to keep the search for real aliens
going for another
THE REAL COST OF
INFINITY AND BEYOND
Worldwide an Office Space program budgets
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DIE HARD b. MISSION TO MARS?
Physicist Lawrence Krauss recently claimed: At.
The first rovers went to what . I
it would cost to make a movie about
sending Bruce Willis to Mars."
IS HE RIGHT?
Sojourner, the first successful Mars rover, cost
The most expensive film of all time, Pirates aims
Caribbean: At World' s End, cost
The closest Bruce Wos has come to Mars ls III 1998' s
Armageddon, walch cost
HIS latest film a mere
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how close we could get Bruce to mars!
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