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] 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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