2007 Mars missions
(before program changes)
2007 looked like it was going to
be a big year for the international effort to explore Mars. But
then certain realities and technical difficulties set in which
forced cancellations and postponements.
From the left: in the foreground
is the Mars Science Laboratory rover (now launching in 2009,
behind it are three of the four European Netlanders (the fourth
is on the right.) The Netlanders were to have been delivered
by the French CNES orbiter seen above on the left. Last I heard
they've been cancelled.
The orbiter on the right was a Mars
Telesat communications orbiter which is now proposed for 2009.
Over the deep chasm are two aerial Scout missions. When the selection
process was over for the first 2007 Mars Scout, neither an airplane
nor an aerobot balloon was selected. Only the US Phoenix Scout
mission will in fly in 2007.
The 2007 Mars mission: