2. The ISS is the Most Expensive Thing Ever
Building the International Space Station wasn’t cheap. The total cost to build it was $150 billion. And that doesn’t include maintenance costs of $3 billion annually.
To put that number in perspective, the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, cost $1.5 billion to construct. So you could create 100 Burj Khalifa’s for the same costs!
Fortunately, all of the costs of the ISS are spread across several countries and international bodies.
To generate more money, the ISS has now been opened up to more commercial activity which we should expect to see more of in the next few years.