$30K is spent by a woman to get her astronaut boyfriend back to Earth.

Space travel is expensive, therefore $30,000 can seem like a good deal in comparison to some space-related activities. Individual mission budgets typically run into the billions of dollars, and the majority of that money is lost. NASA just destroyed a $330 million probe by crashing it into an asteroid in an attempt to move the object a little. It wasn’t a waste of money because it might one day save the world. The DART project demonstrated that asteroids can be changed in course by being struck by relatively small particles, yet it was still expensive.

The probe itself cost less than NASA’s upcoming line of space suits, which sell for about $500,000 each after $420 million was spent on development. These suits will be used on the Artemis project, which aims to return humans to the moon and give them a base from which to launch further space missions, such as the first manned expedition to Mars. By 2025, the total budget for the Artemis project is $93 billion. A lunar residence with reliable WiFi is rumored to cost up to $58 billion if you want to go there and live there. The $30,000 that the Japanese woman gave over is less than the cost of even one night in space. It appears that a night on the ISS costs about $35,000.

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The friend was actually a con artist. Let us put the puzzle together for you if you haven’t already. The poor woman was conned out of $30,000 by the boyfriend, who turned out to be a con artist. After paying the fictitious space-based scam artist a total of five times, the woman in question eventually came to the same realization and called the police. Aboard Earth, it might be possible to show up somewhere without a method to return to where you started, but on the International Space Station, it’s not really something you can do.

As Space.com notes, there was controversy earlier this year when a statement made by a Russian government official was understood incorrectly and a video that went viral on social media implied an American astronaut scheduled to return to Earth aboard a Russian spacecraft had been left on the ISS. This was not the case, and despite tense political relations between the U.S. and Russia, the ISS remains an area of cooperation between the two countries. The government that sent you up there will have a method to get you home if, as the con artist stated, you are on a mission that has been authorized by it. You don’t need to pay a lot of money for a trip home because the ISS isn’t a floating bus terminal. Private flights are an option for getting to the ISS, however the firm in charge of the trip will demand payment for the return trip before you even leave for the station. Additionally, it is much more expensive than $30,000, with a shuttle seat reportedly costing $50 million to travel there and back.

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