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Pitty it didn't work :(
Look what cost cutting got ya...Nothing but a dead robot and some pissed off scientists. It sucks.
We had our bout with cost cutting measures as well. This was when NASA was suffering under Dan Goldin's "Faster, better, cheaper" mantra. Well, we lost 3 Mars missions under his watch as they were made 2 fast, 2 cheap and nothing was better about them. The most famous failure we had was the Mars Observer. Which was lost mid-course due to a metric - English conversion failure.
However, since the Space Program was given the green light for bigger budgets and to hire more talent, we may be in a 2nd Renaissance for Mars exploration: much like in the Viking days.
I really can't wait to see if our 2nd probe makes it, "Opportunity" , which is scheduled to land on January 24th near the Martian arctic.
If we make this double shot without a hitch, the amount of science we're gonna get in return will be astounding. Not to mention the awsome refining our manned space mission profiles will enjoy.
Of course, as a Geologist I can't help but be excited about these sorts of things. ;)