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Mars Life Search To Go Into High Gear

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]



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