|Doug McCuistion, Mars programm director.|
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Pensez-vous que ce magnifique vol puisse améliorer la coopération internationale avec l’Europe, notamment ? La réponse confirme la position de la NASA qui reste en « stand by », mais qui assure qu’une collaboration a toujours été appréciée dans ce domaine de l’exploration. En tous cas, il ne m’a pas semblé que le sujet blesse qui que soit, au contraire. Doug McCuistion, le directeur du programme Mars à la NASA, m’a semblé perplexe de ne pas pouvoir tenir les engagements initiaux envers nous, Européens. Alors, peut-on encore faire confiance en l’Agence spatiale américaine ?
|Alors, ça ira mieux la coopération|
- Photo : NASA TV
Curiosity goes while the Martian international cooperation waits
The question was embarrassing and troublesome, but I had to ask it. During the press conference that followed the launch, this Saturday, November 26, I almost held to keep my request because the case is rather delicate strategically and politically. In brief: NASA, with whom the European Space Agency (ESA) was in talks for three years to accomplish, this year, a joint mission to Mars « ExoMars-C » could not commit until it does not know its 2013-2014 budget (scheduled for fall 2012). An European side, the politicos (Space La Haye ministers) will not pay more than 1 billion euros, whereas previously they intended to extend the ... more money. So, on one side or the other of the Atlantic, everyone tightens the belt for this international program very motivating and very unifying. NASA would then commissioned its transport capacity of this futre spacecraft, the Europeans would have designed the robot.
Do you think this wonderful flight to improve international cooperation with Europe in particular ? The response confirms the position of NASA is to « stand by », but that ensures that collaboration has always been appreciated in this space exploration of Mars conquest. In any case, it did not seem to hurt the subject matter, however. Doug McCuistion, Mars program director at NASA, seemed perplexed not be able to take the initial commitments to us Europeans. So, can we still trust in the U.S. space agency ?