Space station, Mars probes need rethinking in 2000 Space Today

Now that NASA officials have shaken the New Year confetti out of their hair, they face the difficult task of reviving two deeply troubled programs on which the agency’s future rests: The International Space Station and the exploration of Mars. The projects dominate the nation’s space agenda, and the extent to which NASA succeeds or fails in restoring confidence in them will determine its support in Congress and with the American public.