Curiosity rover receives mixed reviews in NASA commission

September 8, 2014 2:10 PM

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Curiosity rover receives mixed reviews in NASA commission

The Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover received mixed reviews in a report issued by NASA’s Planetary Senior Review panel earlier this month. While the commission generally recommended the rover’s first mission extension (EM1), a number of concerns were raised ranging from the vehicle’s science objectives to the attitude of the team operating it.

The Senior Review, dated July 16, was made public in early September. In two separate meetings held in Baltimore, Maryland in May 2014, experts on planetary science were gathered under the chairmanship of Dr. Clive Neal, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering and earth ...

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