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Nasa used to name its spacecraft after Greek gods. What went wrong?

Nasa’s space missions have a record of triumph against the odds. They have challenged science, technology and the potential of human endeavour. However, Nasa’s biggest challenge yet comes in the form of the US deficit. On 13 February, President Obama submits his 2013 federal budget to Congress and Nasa’s planetary science budget is set to be a casualty, probably marking Nasa’s terminal decline.

Nasa was once America’s proudest achievement and the language they used to…

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