Top 10: What are the top 10 most expensive space missions? © Raja Lockey

Top 10: What are the top 10 most expensive space missions?

One small step for man, one big dig into humanity’s pocket.

1

Space Shuttle Program

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Date: 1981-2011
Cost: $199bn

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2

International Space Station

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Date: 1998-2020
Cost: $160bn (estimated)

3

Apollo Space Program

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Date: 1961-1972
Cost: $109bn

4

SLS and Orion

(NASA’s replacement manned rocket and capsule)

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Date: 2014-2018
Cost: $23bn (estimated)

5

Global Positioning System (GPS)

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Date: 1978-present
Cost: $12bn
6

Hubble Space Telescope

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Date: 1990-present
Cost: $10bn

7

Salyut 6

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Date: 1977-1982
Cost: $9bn

8

James Webb Space Telescope

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Date: Scheduled for 2018
Cost: $8.8bn (estimated)

9

Galileo

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(Europe’s GPS)
Date: 2016
Cost: $6.3bn (estimated)

10

GLONASS

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(Russia’s GPS)
Date: 1982-present
Cost: $4.7bn

*(Figures in billions of US dollars, adjusted for inflation)


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