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NASA Wants You To Design 2018 Mars Mission

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:44:56 -0400
Archived: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:44:56 -0400
Subject: NASA Wants You To Design 2018 Mars Mission




Source: News.Discovery.Com

http://tinyurl.com/6t3oeht

Mon Apr 16, 2012


NASA Wants You To Design Its 2018 Mars Mission
Analysis by Amy Shira Teitel

When President Obama announced NASA's budget for FY 2013, Mars
was hit hard.

Exploration of the Red Planet lost 21 percent of its 2012
funding, dropping from $1,510 million to $1,192 million. But
that doesn't change the fact that there's a fantastic launch
opportunity in 2018.

Under its new diminished Mars program, the mission will
certainly be different from the planned ExoMars mission. How
different? Well, have your say. NASA is taking suggestions from
the Everyman about what its 2018 mission should look like.

Once every 15 years Earth and Mars reach points in their orbit
that bring them as close as possible, making for a fast and
fuel-efficient transit between planets. One of these rare close
encounters will come in 2018, and NASA doesn't want to let the
opportunity pass by.

On Friday, April 13, the space agency issued a call for papers
to determine the mission's objectives. Proposals will be
submitted to and considered by the newly established Mars
Program Planning Group (MPPG) that is responsible for assisting
the agency in developing a new strategy for the exploration of
the Red Planet. The deadline is May 10 and the final decision
will be announced sometime in August.


[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]





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