NASA panel says Curiosity must drive much less and drill extra
NASA is just not getting its cash’s value of Curiosity, in response to a evaluate panel taking a look at seven planetary missions. The senior scientists criticized the nuclear-powered Mars rover, saying it wanted to take greater than the eight drill samples scheduled for the remainder of its mission. It added that Curiosity has executed an excessive amount of driving (which has severely broken the wheels) and peripheral actions like looking for clouds. Consequently, it rated the rover lowest of the seven missions reviewed, even though it value probably the most. In the meantime, the Jupiter Cassini mission, which has produced a spectacular cache of pictures and scientific knowledge, acquired the very best score and might be prolonged no less than three years. Regardless of the rating, Curiosity was nonetheless graded “excellent” and all seven missions will retain their funding. That features the indefatigable Alternative rover, nonetheless trucking after a decade.