Budget issues continue to threaten a number of successfully functioning science spacecraft, including Opportunity on Mars and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the Moon.


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Penny wise, pound foolish: Budget issues continue to threaten a number of successfully functioning science spacecraft, including Opportunity on Mars and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the Moon.

Don’t be surprised if NASA announces soon that they are shutting down these spacecraft so they can save some money. Or as the article notes, “Money not spent on these extended missions will probably slide into [the Science Mission Directorate’s] Black Hole of Funding (the James Webb Space Telescope) or be dissipated on new paperwork, committee meetings and concept studies.”

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  • Orion314

    I went from being so proud of the Nasa of the 60’s that proved we could damn well do what ever we set our sites on, to dismayed at an agency that looks as though it’s managed by the brain trust of the DMV…
    and so it goes….sigh

  • Edward

    I blame NASA (mis)management, too (except JPL seems to still have excellent management, unless — inconceivably — they are the ones proposing ending these extended missions). The people who get the work done at NASA continue to show that they are smarter and better at what they do than those who lead them.

  • Kelly Starks

    >…except JPL seems to still have excellent management…

    Ah, technically they aren’t part of NASA, they rae part of the university of California that NASA (and others) contract for services…like space probes.

  • Kelly Starks

    One could hope these cuts are like the Park service offering to close the Washington monument as a cost saving measure – betting Congress will cough up more money to prevent it. Just political show.

    ….that maybe overly optimistic in this case though..

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