Many lives have been lost in space expeditions. In fact, some people have started to question whether we need space travel anymore. By Shannon Stirone. November 4, 2015. Space missions are very dangerous and can often cost lives and stress to the families of the astronauts or cosmonauts. Even as technologies advance, the costs of exploring space are far from cheap. We must consume resources to get people or equipment into space. With the final shuttle mission to launch July 8, now is as good a time as any to ask: Was it worth it? Latest. Missions to explore space are hugely expensive, and there are problems on Earth which demand attention. The MESSENGER mission cost $280 million (which, in reality, isn't a vast amount for a space mission). Missions to explore space are hugely expensive, and there are problems on Earth which demand attention. The number of these missions needs to be reduced. NASA has spent 39 years and more than $209 billion on its iconic shuttle program. Space exploration is a hugely expensive affair. The number of these missions needs to be reduced. Space. Technology. How much are we really paying to explore the universe? Missions to explore space are hugely ... some people including myself opine that expensive space missions should be reduced and funds allocated for it must be tranfer to other problems that planet Earth is facing like climate changes, hunger and pandemics. 3. The Real Cost Of NASA Missions. Sadly, that future hasn't yet arrived. Give reasons for your answer, and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Do you agree or disagree? Each mission that was flown came at a cost of $450 million. More Space. ... and that it is in the very nature of humankind to explore. The Mars One mission budget to bring just 4 people to Mars is over $6 billion. At the time of the moon landing in 1969, many people envisioned that by the beginning of the 21st century, space travel would become routine, and we would be visiting other planets in our solar system and perhaps even daring to venture into interstellar space.. The launch of a space shuttle costs $450 million and there have been about 130 of them.