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NASA's Mars program cancelled ?

Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 | Comment icon 19 comments


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Future missions to Mars seem unlikely due to large budget cuts to NASA's planetary budget.

Missions slated for 2016 and 2018 have been cancelled while the eagerly anticipated mission to retrieve rocks and soil from Mars and fly them back to Earth has been indefinately postponed. "We're really at a crossroads," said NASA planetary sciences chief Jim Green. Mars researchers are planning to meet in an effort to discuss how they might be able to save the program beyond the 2013 Curiosity mission.

"NASA will skip the 2016 launch opportunity and if officials are lucky, they hope still to salvage something relatively cheap for 2018, when Mars passes closest to Earth."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by lyoung1101 on 1 March, 2012, 4:07
Since Russia will be sending our astronauts to space from this point, I'm curious as to whether anyone on here has their track record when it comes to safety...? For example, NASA has a great track record when you compare missions/launches/etc. to catastrophes. Anybody know Russia's space sucess/failure ratio? I didn't pay much mind to it the last couple of decades since the United States has ran hundreds of successful missions for the most part. I've only really been paying attention to that.
Comment icon #11 Posted by DONTEATUS on 1 March, 2012, 14:13
Its a dice shoot from here on out, Until America gets back on Top of Space exploration. That just takes commitment! Lets get on it People !
Comment icon #12 Posted by Zarifa on 5 March, 2012, 16:50
It strikes me as odd that there was just a big todo about signs of water and possible life being found on Mars,with questions about what may be underground, and now a sudden clamp-down on Mars missions. Would it be possible for these explorations to continue, taken out of the public eye by this reported cessation of the program? Not that I don't trust everything the media tells me.
Comment icon #13 Posted by booNyzarC on 5 March, 2012, 17:19
surely it's not THAT expensive to send the wee toy to the Arizona desert!!! I think you are overlooking the cost of hush money, which im sure is much more than it used to be with the way people are now adays. You two are joking, right? You don't honestly think that NASA missions are hoaxes do you?
Comment icon #14 Posted by bmk1245 on 5 March, 2012, 18:26
Since Russia will be sending our astronauts to space from this point, I'm curious as to whether anyone on here has their track record when it comes to safety...? For example, NASA has a great track record when you compare missions/launches/etc. to catastrophes. Anybody know Russia's space sucess/failure ratio? I didn't pay much mind to it the last couple of decades since the United States has ran hundreds of successful missions for the most part. I've only really been paying attention to that. You can find list of launches here (select language, then Space Program, then Launches on the right s... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by UniqueWolf on 28 March, 2012, 0:11
Sure it would be sweet to get more information about Mars, but I see why to postpone it. Acutally I'm happy they did. With the economy the way it is, I don't want money used for something that isn't to overly important. Waiting is the best thing, though I got to admit, I cant wait to see if they found anything cool on Mars
Comment icon #16 Posted by DONTEATUS on 2 April, 2012, 2:05
60 min`s tonight told a telling tale of Our Government`s abuse towards NASA, IT was quite sad ! My prayers Go out to all ex-NASA people and the town they once had !
Comment icon #17 Posted by DONTEATUS on 4 April, 2012, 3:20
Were ready to Launch in Texas ! just light er-Up !
Comment icon #18 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 4 April, 2012, 19:38
Haven't you heard about VIRGIN Galactic ? http://jezebel.com/5888360/space-strippers-may-happen-before-a-mars-mission
Comment icon #19 Posted by DONTEATUS on 6 April, 2012, 1:41
You watch they will kick it back in Gear !


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