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Russia doubles price for launching US astronauts

Third Position (1725934) writes | more than 4 years ago

Science 4

Third Position (1725934) writes "NASA on Tuesday signed a contract to pay $55.8 million per astronaut for six Americans to fly into space on Russian Soyuz capsules in 2013 and 2014. NASA needs to get rides on Russian rockets to the International Space Station because it plans to retire the space shuttle fleet later this year. NASA now pays half as much, about $26.3 million per astronaut, when it uses Russian ships."
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Fast Learners! (1)

funky49 (182835) | more than 4 years ago | (#31769106)

Those ex-communists learn the ways of capitalism quick! Supply of orbit-capable craft go down? Price must go up!

Re:Fast Learners! (1)

Amiga Trombone (592952) | more than 4 years ago | (#31770330)

Well, I guess somebody has to be the capitalist. So, if it's their turn to be the capitalists, I guess it must be our turn to be... well, you know...

Wrong choice (1)

BatGnat (1568391) | more than 4 years ago | (#31769900)

They should have signed a contract with Richard Branson (http://www.virgingalactic.com). They could have gone business class for less @ $200,00 a ticket.

Re:Wrong choice (1)

BatGnat (1568391) | more than 4 years ago | (#31769914)

Sorry $200,000 a ticket
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