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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:44 PM
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Asteroid mission canceled in latest NASA setback (CNN/AP)
Friday, March 3, 2006; Posted: 9:59 a.m. EST (14:59 GMT)
The Dawn spacecraft was set to explore the solar system's largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta.

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- NASA on Thursday canceled a mission to visit two asteroids, five months after the program was put on hold because of cost overruns and technical problems.

The cancellation is the latest setback for NASA, which has been forced to delay science missions to focus on developing a new manned spacecraft to return to the moon in the next decade.
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The Dawn spacecraft was supposed to lift off in June on a nine-year voyage to two of the solar system's largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, which reside in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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Dawn was part of a NASA program called Discovery that aims to explore the solar system on what the space agency considers to be a shoestring budget. The program includes the Stardust mission, which returned to Earth in January with samples of comet dust.
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more at: http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/03/02/asteroid.missi...
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:57 PM
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1. we dropped exploration
and built a flying truck. if we would have countinued on with exploration we would be at least 20 years ahead of where we are now..just think of what the earth would be like if we would have continued exploration....
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:16 PM
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2. You're so right. I was
pissed when Nixon ended the Apollo program. But at the time most thought it boring. My parents, both Repubs, wanted to go see some public gardens somewhere. I made them stay until the launch of the last mission. I was 8 years old. After the launch, I wanted to keep watching but they said now it's just animation. :mad:
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