Seat Sale

The Friday File: The inflation-adjusted cost of the Mercury space program was $140 million/seat/flight. The Gemini program that followed was $120 million/seat/flight and the Apollo missions were a hefty $400 million/seat/flight. The reusable, and cheaper, Space Shuttle came in at $170 million/seat/flight, and the Russians have been charging NASA $85 million/seat to launch astronauts into space. By contrast, Musk’s just used Crew Dragon is only $55 million/seat/flight! A public-private-partnership success!

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