NASA to Terminate Mars Rovers

I guess the Bush administration jumped at the Opportunity to crush NASA’s Sprit (pun intended).

This is horrible news. Ruins my month.

For the record. $4M is nothing. Thats 13 minutes in Iraq.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists plan to put one of the twin Mars rovers to sleep and limit the activities of the other robot to fulfill a NASA order to cut $4 million from the program’s budget, mission team members said Monday.

The news comes amid belt-tightening at NASA headquarters, which is under pressure to juggle Mars exploration and projects to study the rest of the solar system.

The solar-powered rovers Spirit and Opportunity have dazzled scientists and the public with findings of geologic evidence that water once flowed at or near the surface of Mars long ago.

Update:

Well, maybe not:

NASA says it has absolutely no plan to turn off either of the Mars Rovers because of budget cuts.

NASA is saying Tuesday that it has rescinded a letter that recommended budget cuts in the Mars Rover program to cover the cost of a next-generation rover on the Red Planet.

The move comes a day after scientists at the agency’s robotics center said they would need to hibernate one of the twin Mars robots and limit the duties of the other because their budget was being cut by $4 million.


  1. That’s bs. Great comment about Iraq.(mobile)

  2. Real science is cut to make way for theater, as usual. Shades of the movie “Silent Running”.

  3. I agree that this sucks.

    Perhaps we need to set up a tip jar and see if we can raise 4 million to keep them going. I’d throw in $50 to get this started. Heck, make that $100.

    If we did have a big pile of money do you think that they could and would take it?

    I’m serious here.

  4. I just bought savetherovers.com …. now what?

  5. Some more thoughts on this subject: http://www.jeff-barr.com/?p=1339

    My $100 offer stands.

  6. That’s terrible news. Good point about the Iraq funding. Ugh.






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