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#1 2012-02-14 21:49:12

From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 23,829

MAVEN after 2012

The original threads worth of posts from after the crash are gone.....hopefully they can be retrieved....

Nasa's 2013 budget has put a hold of the flag ship missions for the future and have altered the near future to come....

Maven is a mission that is projected to cost near the 500 million but the estimate track record is far from being even close to what it will or will not cost.

Mars exploration would be cut $226.2 million in fiscal 2013 under the new NASA budget request released Feb. 13, down from $587 million in the current fiscal year. The remaining $360.8 million will go for the nuclear-powered Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) now en route to the Red Planet, and the upcoming Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (Maven) orbiter scheduled for a launch in 2013 to study the planet’s upper atmosphere.

Twitter accounts Feb. 13, Administrator Charles Bolden said the agency still intends to put humans “in the vicinity of Mars” by the mid-2030s.

But getting there won’t include the combination of NASA’s Mars Sample Return effort and ESA’s ExoMars rover in 2016 and 2018 that was hammered out between the two agencies over the past few years. Instead, ESA is now working with Russia on a joint mission that will probably involve Russian launches for European probes, at the most basic level.

But reading on some news articles are stating NASA and potentially ESA — will work over the next few months to devise a New Frontiers-class Mars mission, with a total cost capped at $700 million, in the 2018 window, there may actually be another NASA Mars mission launched in 2016. So why would theESA want to do business with Nasa if they can not forfil the current responsibilites....


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