Proponents of civil space exploration are likely to be disappointed by the details of the NASA fiscal 2013 budget plan to be released Feb. 13, particularly when it comes to Mars. It is already known from previous plans that NASA’s overall budget will be flat and tight, with no major new initiates and a lot of backfill from previous spending shortfalls. The big news will be the Mars program, once a crown jewel in the U.S. space agency’s list of accomplishments. Instead of a vigorous ...

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