5 Surprising Things That Cost More Than India's Historic Mission To Mars

Mars_Orbiter_Mission_ _India_ _ArtistsConceptWikipediaAn artist's rendering of the Mangalyaan spacecraft.

India just became Asia's first interplanetary power. The country's Mangalyaan satellite successfully made it into orbit around Mars on Wednesday after a roughly 10-month journey. The mission comes at an astonishingly low cost of $74 million, or nearly one-tenth of the price of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft that entered the red planet's orbit Sunday night.

Indian Space Research Organization chief K. Radhakrishnan even called the Mars Orbiter Mission "the cheapest interplanetary mission ever to be undertaken by the world."

Just how cheap? This graph shows a handful of surprising things that cost more than India's Mars mission.

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  • The most expensive apartment ever sold in London had a price tag of $237 million. You could get three of India's satellites for that cost, and with a better view.
  • The new F-35 fighter jet costs a jaw-dropping $160 million a pop.
  • "Gravity" starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock cost about $100 million. That's about one-third more than the cost of the successful Mars mission.
  • The Airbus A380 would set you back more than $400 million. You could get more than five Mangalyaan satellites for that price.
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