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Originally posted by Soapusmaximus
The US military machine needs all the money it can get for what is being prepared for
And anyway - NASA has always just been a public relations front, the real stuff goes through the Navy - And probably programmes we couldn't even imagine.
We know they have at least some alternate means of propulsion, I think somebody's already been to Mars
Originally posted by Kali74
Well, it's Fox News so I don't believe it 100%. Secondly the new Rover which is essentially a lab on wheels and makes the other Mars rovers look like Lego toys is already on it's way to Mars. I'm not sure at this point if there's a need to begin new programs for Mars with the already very effective ones we have going.
I'm not sure about moving space exploration to the private sector, I see the point made by Beezer but I have to wonder how we could verify or obtain any information once that happened. Also, it's not exactly a profitable venture. There's really only prestige to gain from it so, maybe NASA should open a grant receivership program, where people/companies could offer grants to any of the NASA research/exploration programs. Though that is worrisome in the, does that mean we'll see a Walmart flag on Mars kind of way.
The ExoMars programme will demonstrate a number of essential flight and in-situ enabling technologies that are necessary for future exploration missions, such as an international Mars Sample Return mission. These include:
Entry, descent and landing (EDL) of a payload on the surface of Mars;
Surface mobility with a Rover;
Access to the subsurface to acquire samples; and
Sample acquisition, preparation, distribution and analysis.
At the same time a number of important scientific investigations will be carried out, for example:
Search for signs of past and present life on Mars;
Investigate how the water and geochemical environment varies
Investigate Martian atmospheric trace gases and their sources.
US President Barack Obama's budget proposal to be submitted next week for 2013 will cut NASA's budget by 20 percent and eliminate a major partnership with Europe on Mars exploration, scientists said Thursday.
The White House is proposing a $1.2 billion budget for the US space agency, down from $1.5 billion this year, according to Louis Friedman, a former NASA official and co-founder of the Planetary Society who was briefed on the matter.
"It's certainly dead," Friedman told AFP, referring to the ExoMars project which aimed to send an orbiter to the red planet in 2016 followed by a pair of rovers in 2018, ahead of a possible mission to return samples from Mars to Earth in the 2020s.