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The map is centered on the site of DISCOVER's future Mars bureau

Well, okay, things might just change a little bit between now and then. I'm actually sort of surprised that NASA would even try to pin a month

on this event. Based on the number of things that could change or go wrong between now and then (and on the number of space shuttles that have blown up), you might think NASA would just be aiming to get this done anytime in, say, the '30s.

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