Scott Hubbard to Lead Mars Program Review

Hubbard will Lead Mars Program Review. Space News (4/14, David) reported, “Scott Hubbard, the former NASA Ames Research Center director…will lead a review team to help shape NASA’s next decade of robotic Mars exploration.” Doug McCuistion, head of the Mars exploration program, stated that the team will “analyze mission architectures” for Mars through 2020. “This is not Hubbard’s first encounter with Mars. He served as NASA’s first Mars program director in 2000-2001, restructuring the entire Mars program following the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander…a task that earned him the title of NASA’s Mars czar.” Hubbard, speaking with Space News, “said collecting rock and soil samples on Mars and returning them to Earth for study continues to be a top scientific priority, yet NASA’s budget is insufficient to accomplish a Mars sample return mission on its own any time soon. New results… call for new missions and new measurements.”

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