I don’t have time to write a long post, but I thought I should share the latest about the rover cuts. The NASA administrator Mike Griffin has stated unequivocally that shutting down a rover is not an option. The letter directing the budget cuts to MER and Odyssey has been rescinded, and we are essentially pretending that the last week didn’t happen.
There’s still a budget problem with MSL, and the money still has to come from somewhere, but the official word at this moment is to go ahead as if none of this happened.
I’ll post more about this as I learn more…MER, NASA, Oddysey, space policy