A lost Opportunity (14 Feb, 2019)

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Re: A lost Opportunity (14 Feb, 2019)

Postby Muscular Jam » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:24 pm

Weasel wrote:Ah, no mention of the country that put it on Mars? Seems you're all very quick to throw barbs at the US, and very slow to give it any credit ? With out the deep pockets of one of largest economies in the world, you'd all have next to no space science happening.. :-)
Not quite. Countries space budgets (converted to $USD for comparison)

Nasa Annual Budget: $20.7 billion (2018)
China National Space Administration (CNSA) $11 billion (2017)
European Space Agency (ESA) $7 billion (2018)
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) $3.27 billion (2015)
German Aerospace Center (DLR) $2.55 billion (2016)
National Centre for Space Studies (France) $2.43 billion (2018)
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) $1.5 billion (2018)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) $2.03 billion (2013)
Italian Space Agency (ASI) $1.8 billion (2016)
Canadian Space Agency $247 million (2018)

Looks like NASA accounts for about 40%. Dunno what SpaceX's budget is, but I'd still guess the USA accounts for less than half.
*edit*
Jaxa's budget is also hard to figure out because in 2012 it changed from purely peaceful to mixed peaceful and military, and they've delayed a lot of science stuff due to "budget cuts" which probably means most of it being taken by the military side.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_g ... e_agencies
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