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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I cannot answer your question, but I can say I wasted my money watching Matt Damon get rescued from Mars--twice.
On that note, consider some numbers. NASA's budget peaked in 1966, years before the Moon landings. Johnson and Nixon are the ones who decided to make it a hobby and not a job. NASA's budget is about 40% of what it was then. By contrast the economy and the federal budget have grown enormously since then.

NASA's budget is less than 0.5% of the federal budget. Rocket programs and manned space operations are about half of that. The federal budget is about 25% of GDP. So the space program is costing about 0.05% of GDP. In billions, that's about $9B out of $19,400B.

By contrast to that $9B, the film industry is $34B. The Martian made $640M, enough to launch half a dozen regular sized unmanned rockets.
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