New NFL Stadiums Are Costing a Trip to Pluto and Then Some

July 17, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Science is expensive. 
Tracking the polar ice caps, analyzing the heavens—it all takes equipment and people smart enough to use it, which in turn costs boodles and oodles of dollars.
The Large Hadron Collider doesn't run on smiles, and projects aimed at figuring out the "hows" and "whys" of our universe can run up big enough tabs to make even the most wealthy and ambitious nations take a step back for some cold, cost-benefit analysis.
Still, projects like the New Horizons expedition—which traveled past Pluto this week and sent back stunning images of the downgraded dwarf planet—provide important data that help broaden our understanding of our solar system.
The New Horizons mission cost about $700 million in total, per NASA. It's a heady number, and it sounds like a lot until you consider the potential of what it's unearthed. According to CNN's Amanda Barnett, pictures taken by New Horizons show what appears to be ice water on Pluto.

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