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Well, to be fair, there’s a substantial number of of those 7 billion for which $14 represents a week’s wages or more.
If we restrict ourselves to the population of the US, Japan, the EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we get about a billion people. That $14 becomes $70. While there are people in those countries who couldn’t afford $70 for anything other than direct living expenses, it’s still a low number for anyone not living month-to-month. Say, the cost of a video game.
Yeah, the same comment comes up in the discussion on the comic page. But still, it’s not much if you spread out the cost. And of course this assumes that you have to pay all at once. The $100 billion pricetag would likely be spread over many years. I don’t think we could spend that much all at once on a manned mission even if we wanted to!