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Mars 2001 Mission Hits the Wall

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Science  15 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5366, pp. 998
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5366.998a

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA-- Last week, researchers gathered here learned that NASA's proposed $400 million Mars 2001 mission is experiencing delays and cost overruns that may cause one of its three vehicles to be dropped from the mission altogether. This has focused attention on the limits of NASA's "faster, cheaper, better" philosophy: Cost goals can be met when missions use existing technology, but not when new technologies are needed.