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The cost of landing on a comet

November 13, 2014

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Scientists and science geeks the world over got pretty excited when the space probe Rosetta’s landing craft, Philae, made contact with a comet this week.

Here is a scientist whooping it up on the BBC.

But traveling into space to land on a comet is a pretty expensive undertaking. Scienceogram came up with this fabulous graphic to explain how to think about the money spent on Rosetta.

In case you want to pitch this story idea to your editor, the current value of a Euro is $1.25 U.S.

Here's Scienceogram's graphic on the cost of the Rosetta mission.
Here’s Scienceogram’s graphic on the cost of the Rosetta mission.

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  • Micheline Maynard

    Micheline is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post concentrating on business and culture. She has written about flooding in Detroit, tainted water in Benton Harbor, nationwide shortages of restaurant staff, and vaccine hesitancy.

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