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NASA Plans To Reassign Employees From Canceled Lunar Rover

10 May 2018
The Houston Chronicle reports that NASA leadership plans to “reassign all 90 employees” working on the agency’s canceled lunar rover to “other opportunities within the agency” when work on the project ends this month. The $250 million Resource Prospector was canceled April 23, the “same day Jim Bridenstine was sworn in as NASA’s new administrator.” The cancellation stunned “scientists and researchers alike.” Most of the work for the rover was being conducted at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Earlier this month, NASA determined that “Resource Prospector no longer suited its exploration campaign.” If an independent review of the cancellation “confirms NASA’s decision, the rover will be scrapped for parts.” The review is expected to conclude “at the end of the month, but the agency appears to already be looking for new rover ideas.” (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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