Two years ago President Obama said his ultimate goal was to land astronauts on Mars. But how likely is that to happen if the stepping stones are being cancelled?
Scientists say NASA is about to propose major cuts in its exploration of other planets, especially Mars. And NASA’s former science chief is calling it irrational….
Two scientists who were briefed on the 2013 NASA budget that will be released next week said the space agency is eliminating two proposed joint missions with Europeans to explore Mars in 2016 and 2018.
NASA’s budget is being squeezed, in part, by the expense of finishing the James Webb Space Telescope, the more powerful successor to the Hubble Telescope which is now expected to cost around $8 billion instead of the originally estimated $3.5 billion.
[Thanks to Taral Wayne for the story.]