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Obama's budget would cut Mars program, solar system exploration

from The Washington Post

The budget coming on Feb. 13 from the Obama administration will send the NASA division that launches rovers to Mars and probes to Jupiter crashing back to Earth. Scientists briefed on the proposed budget said that the president's plan drops funding for planetary science at NASA from $1.5 billion this year to $1.2 billion next year, with further cuts continuing through 2017. It would eat at NASA's Mars exploration program, which, after two high-profile failures in 1999, has successfully sent three probes into Martian orbit and landed three more on the planet's surface. Former NASS Associate Administrator for Science, Ed Weiler, says he quit NASA over cuts to Mars program. more

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