- Cost of Chandrayaan 2 mission is estimated to be around $142 million
- It’s cheaper than the Statue of Unity and production cost of Avengers Endgame
Chandrayaan 2, India’s second lunar mission, will attempt to land a rover on the Moon. It has been long in the works and is scheduled to launch on July 15 at 2:51 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
This indigenously made and operated lunar mission is one of a kind and if successful will make India only the fourth nation in the world — behind US, Russia and China — to have reached the surface of the Moon. However, what makes it truly special is that it will also be the first space mission to land on the south polar region — the dark side of the Moon.
For a mission of its size, there has been a lot of preparation that has gone into making Chandrayaan 2 a reality. Most of this has been put into creating the mission and the launch vehicle, with the GSLV Mk III carrying three modules into space — an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lander has been named Vikram while the rover is called Pragyan. Rover Pragyan will be housed inside lander Vikram and will be deployed after Vikram lands on the lunar surface.
But what is most impressive about India’s mission to land on the Moon is the fact that it has been accomplished at a cost of around Rs 938 crore ($142 million). For the uninitiated, this may sound like a lot of money, but in the expensive world of space exploration, this amount is a fraction of what similar missions to the Moon have cost in the past — the United States spent about $25 billion, equivalent to $175bn today on its Apollo Moon missions.
In fact, it’s even cheaper/comparable to the cost of a lot of Hollywood movies, salaries of athletes and even the residences of the biggest names in the world.
Here are five of the most interesting ones:
Costs less than what Lionel Messi makes in a year (Well, almost)
Yes, you read that right!
In terms of cost, India’s latest lunar mission is in the same ball-park as what the world’s richest football player gets paid every year. According to reports, the Argentine earned $127 million in 2018-2019.
However, the footballer is known to have signed a number of lucrative third-party sponsorship deals, which combined with his payout for 2019 should eclipse the cost of the Moon mission.
Cheaper than Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games’ flagship title, Grand Theft Auto V was initially released in 2013. Since then, the game has gone on to rake in over $6 billion for the game developer. However, it’s interesting to note that this game was created at a cost of $265 million, making it more expensive than the Chandrayaan 2 mission.
Cheaper than Avengers Endgame
Next in the list is Avengers Endgame which at $356 million is almost 2.5 times more expensive than India’s second Moon mission.
Interestingly, Endgame isn’t even the most expensive Hollywood film to have been made. At $450 million, that title goes to James Cameron’s Avatar.
Statue of Unity
As evidenced by the bill of Chandrayaan 2, India appears to have mastered low-cost space travel. The mission at Rs 938 crore rupees, is approximately three times cheaper than what it took to set-up the Statue of Unity.
Quite impressive we say!
Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia
While India’s second mission to the Moon costs around $142 million, the lavishly built residence is estimated to have cost Mukesh Ambani a cool $2 billion.
The 4,00,000 sqft. building is located on Altamount Road in South Mumbai and is considered as one of the most expensive addresses in the world.