Expensive eating: $5,000 a pound

Posted by Dick McNally
on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

When I read recently that the International Space Station received more than 2 tons of supplies, including food, water and fuel, I got to thinking how expensive some of that stuff is when you include the shipping. Keep in mind that it costs some $5,000 to $10,000 a pound just to get stuff in orbit.

That would make a hamburger ring up the register at about $3,000. Super-size me, indeed. And a glass of that famous Tang orange drink that astronauts love so much? Add another $3,000.

Please don’t ask for fries.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I shudder to think of the cost of that turkey filled with stuffing.  That one meal up there would use up enough cash to buy a Bentley.

I just hope those astronauts are thinking about us poor taxpayers when they eat that second piece of pie.

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