NASA delays Mars Science Laboratory launch to 2011

Via Spaceflightnow:

Launch of NASA's showcase Mars Science Laboratory, a nuclear-powered rover the size of a small car, will be delayed from 2009 to 2011 because of ongoing development problems, agency officials said today. The cost of the delay through end of mission will add some $400 million to the project's price tag, pushing the projected cost from $1.88 billion to around $2.2 billion.

An artist's concept of the Mars Science Laboratory rover. Credit: NASA/JPL

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