Sigh, to bad they can not send a half dozen seismometer's to different locations to better map Mar's interior. Considering it was built on the Phoenix platform, that flew on a Delta II, is it possible to fit two or more on the larger Atlas V? Or is there a chance this will fly on the Antares or Falcon 9?
This mission hasn't even been approved, yet... It's just one of three proposals in this mission class that may get approved (only one will).
Quote from: Robotbeat on 01/08/2012 08:09 pmThis mission hasn't even been approved, yet... It's just one of three proposals in this mission class that may get approved (only one will). And, it should be noted, it's going for a standard Discovery mission, which is hard for Mars missions, given that they have their own separate budget category (a Dan Goldin legacy).
And no Mars seismology mission has been selected as a possible target for either New Frontiers or flagships.
Quote from: Blackstar on 01/21/2012 02:54 amAnd no Mars seismology mission has been selected as a possible target for either New Frontiers or flagships. are you sure? there was an interim NASA-sponsored NRC New Frontiers study in 2007 that suggested a Martian or lunar network as a possible mission, in addition to a “primitive” asteroid sample return, a Ganymede and a Io observer.In fact, it was based on the conclusions that study that OSIRIS-REx was selected, as asteroid sample returns were not one of the suggested missions of the first decadal survey.
Does anyone know what else is being proposed so far as competitors for this round of Discovery funding?
Thanks Blackstar. There's so much info constantly flowing through the site I have a hard time keeping track of smaller programs, especially at the preliminary stages. I also had a notion in my head that TiME was a New Frontiers class mission.