RE: SETI PLANETARY SOCIETY: NASA Threatening to Kill Two Planetar y Missions (fwd)


Clements, Robert (Robert.Clements@dva.gov.au)
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 15:18:41 +1000


Playing devil's advocate again, it's difficult not to be a little bit cynical about the Planetary Society's actions in this matter: the threat to ST4 has existed for a couple of months (ever since the New Millenium Program conceded defeat in the search for a major industrial partner on the mission, actually); but the PS hasn't raised a peep in its defence... _until_ the minute a mission to the beloved Red Planet was threatened.... A similar problem exists at ESA. The incessant lobbying for Mars Express has resulted in nothing more than the likelihood that a number of other missions will be cancelled; including the first of the agency's technology demonstrators, SMART-1 (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_370000/370557.stm for details). A Lunar orbiter with the possibility of a NEO flyby, this mission was at least as interesting as another Mars orbiter; & was budgetted at a third of ME's cost... but as it wasn't to Mars, it doesn't really matter. Mars is an interesting place for space exploration, which may (or may not) offer some interesting potential for discovering evidence for extraTerrestrial life; but some space advocacy groups seem to believe that it's be-all & end-all of the program.... All the best, Robert Clements <Robert.Clements@dva.gov.au> <http://www.ausnet.net.au/~clemensr/welcome.htm> > ---------- > From: Ed T. Toton III[SMTP:etoton@uu.net] > Sent: Friday, June 18, 1999 10:20 PM > To: seti@sni.net > Subject: SETI PLANETARY SOCIETY: NASA Threatening to Kill Two > Planetary Missions (fwd) > > NASA Threatening to Kill Two Planetary Missions > Planetary Society Urges Action Now > > It appears that NASA is about to cancel the Mars Surveyor 2001 lander > mission and the ST4 Comet Lander mission! >



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