Send Machines, Not People, to Space

By Jon Titus – The joint venture between NASA and SpaceX delivered 1,000 pounds (450kg) of supplies. According to Reuters, such launches cost between $83 million and $128 million, which comes to approximately $83,000 to $128,000 per pound to deliver food, water, toilet paper, replacement parts, new equipment, and so on. Though the successful launch and docking of the Dragon capsule captured all the attention, I wondered why we still put people in space and deliver supplies to them, when machines could function equally well without sleep, water, air, and nourishment. more>


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