NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory managed to cut the development cost of its twin Mars '98 missions roughly in half by applying lessons learned from earlier low-cost space probes and adopting streamlined management techniques that freed its engineers to "go engineer," according to the project manager who spearheaded the effort. John McNamee, Mars Surveyor 1998 project manager at JPL, told reporters in Washington that the total cost of developing the 1998 lander and orbiter will be ...

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