Prof. able to speak about loss of Mars probeSeptember 09, 1999
Warns this may be sign of things to come
Rowan University astronomy professor Dr. David Klassen is the leading expert on Mars in the
Delaware Valley. He is available to speak to reporters about:
? the recent loss of the Mars probe
? the impact it will have on future NASA missions
? how budget cuts may lead to more failed missions
? the importance of the missions and why NASA continues to send probes to Mars
As one of only a handful of Mars experts worldwide, Klassen can also speak about the planet itself,
including: water vapor in the atmosphere, polar permafrost, former rivers and floodplanes and the likelihood
of people ever setting foot on the planet.
Klassen holds a doctorate in Physics from the University of Wyoming and bachelor's degrees in
astrophysics & mathematics from the University of Minnesota. Klassen's position at Rowan is funded
through a three-year grant from NASA.
<+>For over the past 10 years NASA has been asked to do more for less and their reward is to get even
less with each year. This push for better, faster and cheaper is going to effect NASA missions. It's a Catch 22
situation: The more mistakes we see, the less likely NASA will get the funding they need. The less funding,
the more mistakes and accidents we'll see,<+> said Klassen.