By Craig Covault, Americaspace.com, 08.05.12
If the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing on Mars fails “we will dust ourselves off and try again,” says Doug McCuistion, the Mars Exploration Program Director for NASA.
He said Presidential Science Advisor John P. Holdren is present at JPL for the landing. It is doubtful McCuistion would be that forthright about a reflight if he did not have at least a degree of support from the Obama Administration for it.
There will be a period of greif and mourning, but we will pick ourselves up and carry on,” said John Grunsfeld NASA associate administrator for space science.
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