Haha, no offense taken. A lot of people think a lot of strange things about spaceflight sometimes.
And you're totally on-key. Let's say, what, $9M for actual shipping costs, for arguments' sake. There is a ton
of technology and material on that thing that needs to be dispensed of properly - and when you begin factoring in the man-hours of overpaid goverment employees handling it? Yeah, I could easily see it getting up there in the $50M range.
NASA is crippled, and in my opinion (and of those around me) beyond repair. With the cancellation of Constellation, a huge swath of genius personnel was lost. Morale is pretty low...because if you haven't noticed, our spaceflight program was more or less canceled, but this time nothing took its place. And with budget cuts and spending freezes, NASA isn't exactly the first on the list to get moolah.
Manned spaceflight for the US is now in the hands of private industry - and NASA is hurting for money just to tie up loose ends and keep itself afloat. So I would expect them to boost the price a bit to cover random costs.
Oh - I didn't really read this thread all
that well, so sorry if I came off as posting towards you, it was more or less an FYI for those involved.
My heart is with the space program, and we're all watching it die a slow death here.