Top 10 Most Expensive Space Missions

space-missions1. Space Shuttle Program

Date: 1981-2011

Cost: $199 bn

2. International Space Station

Date: 1998-2020

Cost: $160 bn (estimated)

3. Apollo Space Program

Date: 1961-1972

Cost: $109 bn

4. SLS and Orion (NASA’s replacement manned rocket and capsule)

Date: 2014-2018

Cost: $23 bn (estimated)

5. Global Positioning System (GPS)

Date: 1978-present

Cost: $12 bn

6. Hubble Space Telescope

Date: 1990-present

Cost: $10 bn

8. James Webb Space Telescope

Date: Scheduled for 2018

Cost: $8.8 bn (estimated)

9. Galileo (Europe’s GPS)

Date: 2016

Cost: $6.3 bn (estimated)

10. GLONASS (Russia’s GPS)

Date: 1982-present

Cost: $4.7 bn

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