Mars Polar Lander Mission Costs
Cost breakdowns for NASA’s Mars Polar Lander and the accompanying Deep Space 2 microprobes:
Mars Polar Lander
Spacecraft development: $110 million.
Mission operations: $10 million.
Boeing Delta II launch: About $45 million.
Total: $165 million.
Deep Space 2
Pre-launch development: $28 million.
Data analysis: $1.6 million.
Total: $29.6 million.
Combined total: $194.6 million.
Mars Polar Lander was funded by NASA’s Mars Explorations program. Deep Space 2 was developed separately under the New Millennium program budget.
NASA is precluded from releasing the specific Delta II launch cost under its contract. Boeing lists the price of a commercial Delta II launch at about $55 million. The cost to NASA is presumed lower because it is part of a multi-launch contract package.