Mars Science lab needs $82 million more

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The lab that fostered Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity needs more money. NASA’s Mars Science Lab has burned through its reserves.

NASA’s next-generation Mars rover, Curiosity, reportedly needs another $82 million to complete testing before liftoff.

Other cost overruns and developmental problems have already delayed its launch by two years.

NASA has told its advisory council it’ll need a total of $2.5 billion to launch the nuclear-powered rover. That’s the most expensive Mars mission yet.

Space agency officials hope the Mars Science Lab – housed in a rover the size of a small SUV - will be able to determine whether the planet was or is able to sustain life. Curiosity is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in November.