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Ryan AndersonMarch 3, 2009

The Reasons Behind the MSL Delay

This article originally appeared on Ryan Anderson's "The Martian Chronicles" blog and is reposted here with permission.

There are a pair of excellent articles in this week's Space Review by Adrian Brown, looking at the Technical and Budgetary reasons that the Mars Science Lab launch was delayed until 2011. Go take a look; these two essays do a great job of distilling a lot of the relevant information on the launch delay into one place.

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Curiosity vs. MER
Artist's rendition of Curiosity and a Mars Exploration Rover.

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Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson

Planetary Scientist for U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center
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