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NASA inundated by ideas for exploring Mars.

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From “NASA flooded with 400 ideas of how to further explore Mars” (MSNBC.com, , 5/25/2012), we learn that, hit with budget cuts, NASA asked scientists to come up with affordable ideas, and received 400 instead of the expected 200:

The MPPG will be guided in part by the goals laid out by the U.S. National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which was released in 2011. The survey ranked a Mars sample-return mission as a top priority.

Obama has also charged NASA with getting astronauts to the vicinity of Mars by the mid-2030s.

That’s 18 years from now and tough to do without money, but there should be a good idea in there somewhere.

See also: Carbon from Mars not biological, study says

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