Exclusive: Mars Agenda Needs Work, Report Concludes

NASA faces thorny technological problems and money woes in furthering its Mars exploration agenda over the years to come, has learned. A skyrocketing price tag for a Mars lander in 2009, planetary protection issues, approaches to collect Martian rock and soil for Earth return, and the overall scope of science investigations done at the red planet have been called to question. A Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) has flagged NASA regarding these and other concerns in plotting out future exploration plans of that puzzling planet.