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We Just Blasted $1 Billion Into Space. Was It Worth It?

It depends on how long you want civilization to stick around, say researchers, who predict a $10 trillion return on investment
Falcon 9 SpaceX Rocket

Falcon 9 SpaceX Rocket

Watching the earth from space has always been an expensive hobby: 

There's a payback from that payload: Launches such as this one are just awesome to behold. (Countdown to the next blastoff: T minus three weeks.)