News of the WeekMARS EXPLORATION

Changes to Missions Could Delay Science

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Science  17 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5448, pp. 2248-2249
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5448.2248b

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With two Mars probes lost in less than 3 months, NASA is hurriedly organizing a blue-ribbon panel to reexamine its ambitious plans for a series of flights that would bring back martian soil and rocks in 2008. Meanwhile, NASA managers are considering whether to send additional navigation and communication systems to Mars to guide future spacecraft, a safety step that could delay some experiments.