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France, Italy Threaten to Rain on Parade of Missions to Mars

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1972-1973
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1972

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA-- A carefully crafted international program to explore Mars is in danger of coming apart at the seams. Italy and France might soon scale back or cancel several collaborative projects with the United States, forcing a major revamping of Red Planet exploration in this decade and beyond. More immediately, design troubles on U.S. and European rover missions threaten to push back launches scheduled for next year.