US scientists estimate worth of Earth, other planets in USD

09:39, 30 November 2020
US scientists estimate worth of Earth, other planets in USD Photo: Stefan Klein/ Look Press

The Earth is worth about five quadrillion dollars, and Venus is one cent, according to Gregory Laughlin, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The American scientist has developed a unique formula for calculating the cost of planets. According to his method, the cost is based on the mass of the planet, its temperature, and its ability to support life, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the scientist, the Earth costs about five quadrillion dollars and is the most expensive of all the planets in the solar system, since its ability to support life is beyond doubt.

The scientist estimated Mars at $16,000, but the lifeless Venus at only 1 cent. The astrophysicist notes that this planet is practically unsuitable for the development of biological life.

In total, he estimated about 1,200 planets, and most of them turned out to be inexpensive due to unsatisfactory conditions for the development of life. Laughlin concluded that the cost of habitable planets should be at least $80,000.

A group of researchers from the United States established one possible reason for the loss of water on Mars, reported earlier.