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NASA Bails Out of French-Led Mars Mission

Science  02 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5620, pp. 719
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5620.719a

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France has never lacked ambition when it comes to space, but its efforts to forge its own path to Mars may now have suffered a mortal blow. Following budget cuts and restructuring at CNES, France's space agency, NASA has pulled out of the $350 million NetLander mission, a French-led collaboration to study the weather and subsurface geology of Mars.

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