NASA Tells Five-Year-Old How Much It Would Cost to Send a Letter to Mars

Monday, 07 December 2015 - 4:13PM
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Monday, 07 December 2015 - 4:13PM
NASA Tells Five-Year-Old How Much It Would Cost to Send a Letter to Mars
While other children are trying to send letters to Santa, five-year-old Oliver Geddings is trying to send a letter to Mars. Geddings, who aspires to become an astronaut, wrote to the Royal Mail asking how much it would cost to send snail mail to the Red Planet, and NASA was kind enough to consult in the reply.

According to NASA, the cost of sending a mini spaceship carrying old-fashioned letter to Mars, extrapolating from the cost of sending a spaceship big enough to carry the Curiosity Rover, would be a whopping $18,000.

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"NASA... told me that their last visit to Mars, carrying the Curiosity rover, cost about $700m," Royal Mail senior customer advisor Andrew Smout wrote in his reply to Geddings. "The spaceship itself is very small so storage is at a premium. Based on how much the spaceship weighed compared to how much it costs to get to Mars, they said that something weighing up to 100g would cost them approximately $18 000 to fly to Mars."
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Oliver wrote back to Royal Mail, thanking them for their reply and expressing his surprise at the astronomical cost:

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"It's very expensive to send a letter to Mars. You would need so many stamps!"
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He's right about that. You would need 18,416 first class stamps in the U.K. to cover a trip to Mars, and more than 36,000 stamps in the U.S. Just imagine a letter from the Weasleys, times about a thousand.

Via CNET.
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