[meteorite-list] Curiosity, Cassini Among 7 Extended Planetary Missions

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:11:03 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201409021711.s82HB3Vw010208_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Curiosity, Cassini Among 7 Extended Planetary Missions
By Dan Leone
Space News
August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON - NASA approved extensions for all seven missions that were
vetted by senior scientists in the agency's 2014 senior review of operating
planetary science missions, a senior NASA official told SpaceNews Aug.

"We sent out the letters to the projects [and] those letters state that
we're not canceling any missions," Jim Green, NASA's Planetary Science
Division Director, said after a meeting at the National Research Council
in Washington.

Green declined to discuss specifics, although he did say NASA would force
some of the missions to run "leaner and meaner [by] cutting back in various

The details of the senior review board's findings, and NASA's formal response
to those findings, is to be released the week of Sept. 1, Green said.

The seven missions up for review were:

* The Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity: the car-sized rover that
landed on the red planet in 2012 for a two-year primary mission and has
been roving ever since, despite sustaining rock damage to its aluminum
* The Cassini Saturn orbiter, which arrived at the gas giant in 2004 on
a four-year primary mission.
* The Moon-mapping Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which launched on a one-year
primary mission in 2009.
* The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which landed in 2004 on a 92-day
mission and is still roving.
* The Analyzer of Space Plasma and Energetic Atoms-3, a partially NASA-funded
instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, which
arrived at Mars in 2004 on a primary mission of just under two years.
* Mars Odyssey, an orbiter that arrived at Mars in 2001 on a 32-month
primary mission.
* The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which arrived at Mars in 2006 on a
two-year primary mission.
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