NASA plans new Mars mission in three years

Thursday, August 10th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington-AP) -- NASA plans to make another attempt to explore the Red Planet.

The space agency says it will launch a pair of robots that will search for water on Mars -- and possible evidence that life existed
there in some form.

NASA's Martian program was reorganized after two separate missions failed last year.

For the next attempt, NASA will launch two spacecraft in 2003. Each will carry identical roving robots, and then bounce to beach
ball-like landings on Mars.

Officials say sending two will double the chances of success.

Since last year's failures, NASA has added some new managerial positions. The agency also plans to provide more funds for testing
and problem solving.