May 21, 2024

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NASA’s Venus mission becomes collateral damage amid budget pressures

NASA’s Venus mission becomes collateral damage amid budget pressures

NASA’s decision to withdraw funding for the modest VERITAS mission to Venus, which was on track and under budget, in order to accommodate other missions facing cost overruns left team members angry and confused.

“This on-track mission is cited for virtually all of those missions that are over budget,” Susan Smirkar, Veritas principal investigator, said Tuesday (March 14) during a briefing at NASA Headquarters. “It’s a much more complex and dangerous situation than society realizes.”