European Space Agency (ESA) leaders appear to be closing in on a solution for a Mars lander initiative that would reconcile technological and science goals with available budgets. A key objective of the planned 1.2 billion euro ($1.7 billion) ExoMars mission is to expand Europe’s orbiter expertise and allow it to master new technologies — a rover; entry, descent and landing system (EDLS); and a deep drill. However, doing this without exceeding the 850 million euro budget envelope ...

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