Manned mission to Mars: New estimate projects cost to be much lower than previously thought.

A Potential Manned Mission to Mars Just Got a Lot Less Expensive

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April 23 2014 3:10 PM

Want to Go to Mars? It's Not That Expensive.

New estimate projects the cost to be around $100 billion.​

Next stop, Mars? Well, not quite, but a new estimate puts the price tag for a potential manned mission to Mars at a much easier-to-stomach $80 billion to $100 billion. That's a far cry from the oft-repeated–and absurd–cost of $1 trillion.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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