MSL Heads Toward The Chopping block

Mars Science Lab In Doubt, Aviation Week

"Top NASA managers will decide next week the fate of the Mars Science Laboratory, a nuclear-powered astrobiology rover that already has cost $1.5 billion and is likely to hit the 30-percent overrun ceiling that could trigger cancellation by Congress. Officials from the agency's Mars Exploration Program (MEP) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are set to brief Administrator Mike Griffin and Science Associate Administrator Ed Weiler on the program next week."

Rising Costs Could Delay NASA's Next Mission to Mars and Future Launches, Science

"Postponing MSL is a real possibility, and an unfortunate one," says Brown University planetary scientist Jack Mustard, who also chairs NASA's Mars science advisory panel. "A 2-year delay could increase the cost of the mission significantly--and that would come out of the Mars budget." He also fears that this could slow momentum for Mars exploration and jeopardize plans for a 2016 rover and a sample-return mission."

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