NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking developing of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission down to the wire, and probably will need another shot of funding before the mission’s launch window opens Nov. 25 to avoid a costly delay until the next planetary window in 2013. Agency managers believe they hold enough funding and schedule reserves to meet any remaining issues, and expect to get the $2.5 billion mission off the pad on time to meet this year’s planetary launch window. ...
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