Major projects include: the Hubble space telescope, $2 billion; the superconducting super collider, $8 billion; the human genome project, $3 billion; the improved stratospheric and mesospheric sounder, Â£8 million. Space projects in general have been considered a questionable allocation of resources. It has been estimated that completion of big science projects in the 1990s will cost $65 billion, which could be better used for developing new technologies of commercial significance.
In 1990 the Pope opened a $150 million basilica in the home-town of the president of the Ivory Coast. It was built at a time when the government introduced a widespread austerity programme and with 70% of the population living in abject poverty.