NASA is planning to propose major cuts in missions to explore other planets, especially Mars, scientists say.
Due to limited money for science and a over-budget new space telescope, the agency had to cut missions to the neighboring planet in favor of exploring elsewhere.
The two proposed missions were joint missions with Europe expected to be in 2016 and 2018. NASA has previously agreed to pay a total of $1.4 billion for the missions, Fox News said.
Some missions to Mars will continue, but the fate of more major flights is unclear, including a plan to bring rocks from the red planet back to Earth.
The percentage cut to planetary missions is in the double digits, scientists told Kare 11. There are no cuts being done to NASA's Earth sciences budget.