Your vacation trip has nothing to do with NASA’s Mars InSight landing mission. The probe was launched on May 5, 2018 and landed successfully on the red planet on November 26, 2018. The lunar landing of Apollo 11 captivated the world in 1969, but Mars is the next frontier in the solar system. InSight is not NASA’s first mission to the planet or its first landing on Mars, but it is the first mission of its kind and the price is not cheap. How much NASA spent on landing Mars InSight and what is the mission? We are about to find out.
Space exploration is not cheap, and NASA invested a lot of money in InSight’s trip to Mars. The breakdown looks something like this:
$ 650.4 million: Amount that NASA spent on the InSight probe and mission, according to SpaceNews.
$ 163.4 million: Cost of launch using Atlas 5 rockets.
$ 180 million: the amount of money that the French space agency CNES and the German space agency DLR contributed to the mission.
$ 993.8 million: total cost for hardware and launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The mission was scheduled to begin in March 2016 due to a team leak, according to Space.com. The solution to the problem added almost $ 154 million to the total cost.