WASHINGTON and PARIS — Space agency chiefs from Europe, Russia and the U.S. are setting up talks aimed at finding a way to work toward a Mars sample return mission in the face of budget uncertainty in the U.S. that threatens to upend the joint effort worked out by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). Although NASA will launch the $5 billion Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission as early as Nov. 18 to help find the best place to look for samples, and Congress came close to meeting ...


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