Stay the course


  • Michael Carlowicz


Reviewing NASA's current plans for Mars exploration, a panel of the National Research Council has advised the space agency to resist the urge to overhaul its program in the wake of the finding of possible life in the Martian meteorite ALH84001. In a report released on December 9, 1996, the Committee on Lunar and Planetary Exploration (COMPLEX) asserted that “it is inappropriate to predicate an important aspect of future Martian studies on the unconfirmed results in a single science paper.”