Can't Measure Curiosity's Worth In Dollars

Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology .

Mars is alluring for space scientists and elusive for space technologists. Earthlings have tried 40 times to fly by, land on or orbit the red planet. Only 16 times have they succeeded in getting any scientific data. Rockets blow up. Trajectories are missed. Engines sputter. Structures fail to unfold. Sensors conk out. Power runs down. With the distances daunting, the flight profiles complicated and the mission durations long, planetary spaceflight is fraught with peril ...

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