French space agency, in deficit, axes two programmes SpaceDaily

France’s space agency announced on Wednesday it would pull out of major missions to explore Mars and to peer into the phenomena of deep space after it notched up a cash shortfall of 90 million euros (99 million dollars) last year. As part of the cuts, the CNES would scrap French participation in Netlander, in which a US-European consortium plans to send four landers to Mars in 2007 to map its terrain and weather system.