How much it will cost America to return to the moon
NASA's new moon rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), is projected to cost $4.1 billion per launch.
The estimated cost per astronaut for a moon mission is $1.025 billion.
NASA Inspector General Paul Martin confirmed the findings of an audit, revealing the rising costs of SLS.
Initial projections for SLS costs were around $500 million per launch back in 2012.
The current price tag for SLS moon missions is deemed as "unsustainable”.
The estimated breakdown includes $2.2 billion for the SLS rocket and $1 billion for the Orion spacecraft.
Further, it includes $300 million for the Orion's service module and $568 million for ground systems.
The $40 billion NASA has spent on SLS and Orion development is not included in these costs.
SpaceX's Starship, with reusable technology, offers a more sustainable option for lunar exploration.
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