I saw this mrbeast stream where you could send a pic to the moon and he promises that he has made arrangements with nasa that they (nasa) will pack it up with a new rover to the moon to be launched late 2021. I am just curious how much does it cost to put something on the moon (including hitching a ride and sending the package separately). What will be the cost per kg? Thanks in advance.

Link To the youtube video :

  • $\begingroup$ Electron rocket costs 7.5m for 300 kg to LEO. That makes 25k per kg. The Moon payload should be like 3x more expensive. But Let's say 6x that means 150,000 USD per kg. It should be a good business to send even printed photos. At 100g per photo that makes 15k per photo - a lot of people can afford that. $\endgroup$
    – Joe Jobs
    Jan 24, 2021 at 22:36
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh, I have edited the question to include the video of the mentioned stream. $\endgroup$
    – Ashvin
    Jan 25, 2021 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Joe Jobs What about the landing system? $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2021 at 8:13
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    $\begingroup$ HDD? Magnetic? A modern SD card has a much better data to weight ratio. It literally weighs a few grams. $\endgroup$
    – MSalters
    Jan 25, 2021 at 11:56
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    $\begingroup$ An SD card has 1 TB capacity and less than 1g $\endgroup$
    – Joe Jobs
    Jan 25, 2021 at 13:47

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$1.2 million/kg from these guys: https://www.astrobotic.com/

MicroSD cards come in 1TB and weigh about 250mg. Thus you are looking at around $300/TB.

Update: There's a 1.5TB MicroSD. Thus $200/TB.

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    $\begingroup$ Only $300? Wow. $\endgroup$ Apr 1 at 21:05

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