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NASA maintains hopes for a 2018 mission to Mars

Despite President Obama canceling two missions to Mars, scientists checked out a replica of the Mars Science Lab rover yesterday at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Despite President Obama canceling two missions to Mars, scientists checked out a replica of the Mars Science Lab rover yesterday at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (Damian Dovarga/Associated Press)
Associated Press / February 28, 2012
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NASA said Monday it’s not giving up on Mars, but it’ll have to get there later and at a lower price. Earlier this month, the president’s budget canceled joint U.S.-European robotic missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018. Now top science officials say they are scrambling to come up with a plan by the end of the summer for a cut-rate journey to the red planet in 2018.

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