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NASA is scrapping their $11 billion, 15-year Mars Sample Return Mission. The agency is shopping for a commercial partner to take on the challenge at a lower cost and on a quicker time frame—space startups are clamoring to throw their hat in the ring. While the situation could be read as an admission by NASA…

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NASA is scrapping their $11 billion, 15-year Mars Sample Return Mission. The agency is shopping for a commercial partner to take on the challenge at a lower cost and on a quicker time frame—space startups are clamoring to throw their hat in the ring.

While the situation could be read as an admission by NASA that it’s no longer feasible to take on these massive missions on its own, the move to preemptively opt for a leaner Mars program fueled by commercial ambitions seems to have no obvious downside. TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm discusses what this means for the space industry and the players—big and small—who are focusing on planetary research.

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  1. @iuniversalsphere

    April 18, 2024 at 11:56 am

    GUESS WHO IS GETTING ALL USA-TAX-PAYER-DOLLARS? ANSWER: ‘TRANS-ATLANTIC-USA/CIA/NATO/WEF-MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX.’ ENDLESS WARS. WAR IS ABOUT ‘BIG’ MONEY. WAR IS A SCAM. ENDLESS WARS IS A MONEY-LAUNDERING-SCHEME THAT STEALS FROM USA-TAX-PAYERS TO THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 😂😂 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  2. @louididdy

    April 18, 2024 at 4:42 pm

    High Rising Tone

  3. @AgraFarmsllc

    April 19, 2024 at 12:27 am

    NASA just cleared the way for private startup companies to do it faster and cheaper. I for one will be throwing our proposals into the mix.

  4. @feanacar

    April 19, 2024 at 6:43 am

    To be honest, we should clean up this planet before we start junking up another one

    • @manywayz2be

      April 19, 2024 at 9:15 am

      Or we learn from this and continue on. This planet will be destroyed in time. Wether humans speed it up. Earth will eventually be hit by a life ending asteroid, black hole, sun dies, our galaxy collides with amdromeda. Eventually earth will be no more in time. So we just move on.

  5. @Bass-lh6hn

    April 20, 2024 at 11:29 pm

    Nobody should help NASA because they lie to the public.

    • @lucassevey5989

      April 21, 2024 at 9:26 am

      What lies

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