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Budget chaos at NASA causes ESA to halt work on its own Mars orbiter and rover

Sounds crazy, but it’s true: The budget chaos at NASA has caused the ESA to halt work on its own Mars orbiter and rover.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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3 comments

  • Andy Hill

    Not sure what this says about the advantages of doing joint projects with NASA. Personally I think having a less capable rover that does not rely on NASA would be a better option for ESA, at least it would be more likely to launch on time. The trouble with delays in Mars missions is that a delay of a few months becomes a couple of years because of the launch opportunities available.

  • larry

    Good – they should being waiting for the US

    Man up and do it ESA.

  • larry

    oops :* ) should NOT be waitng for the US… No one should be waiting for the US Goverment

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