The Planetary Society, a long-time advocate of international cooperation in
planetary exploration, is disappointed that NASA is cancelling its robotic
participation in Japan’s innovative MUSES-C mission to an asteroid.

Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director of The Planetary Society, made the
following comment regarding NASA’s cancellation of the MUSES-C nanorover:
“This is a major disappointment. It is a great loss for both international
cooperation and for planetary science, and is also a missed opportunity to
test the innovative technology of nanorovers. We hope that some way can be
found to avert this cancellation.”

To interview Dr. Friedman, contact Susan Lendroth at (626)793-5100 ext 214.
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