From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 05:46:03 -0400 Archived: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 05:46:03 -0400 Subject: Mars Life Search To Go Into High Gear Source: News.Discovery.Com http://tinyurl.com/blrghdh Mon Apr 16, 2012 Mars Life Search To Go In High Gear NASA wants to pull out of a Europe-led Mars mission and instead plan a fast track to find Martian life. By Irene Klotz Looking to make planetary exploration lemonade out of budgetary lemons, NASA says it is open to taking a quicker route to the holy grail of Mars -- learning if there is or was life there. Citing lack of budget, the Obama administration wants to pull out from a flagship expedition with Europe to return soil and rock samples from Mars. The point of the multibillion-dollar, multi-spacecraft campaign, slated to get under way in 2016, is to determine if Earth's neighbor has or ever had life. NASA was to provide the launches, landing system and some science instruments, among other contributions. Even if Congress nixes a U.S. pullout from the project, it may be too late. Europe already has a new partner for the mission -- Russia. Instead of lamenting, NASA is putting together Plan B, a less expensive and perhaps faster path toward answering the age-old question about life on Mars. "Seeking the signs of life still remains the ultimate goal," Doug McCuistion, director the Mars Exploration Program at NASA headquarters, told reporters during a conference call Friday. [More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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