On Wednesday, NASA released reports reviewing the seven major planetary exploration missions. All seven were given renewed funding (yay!), but although it's arguably the most popular among the general public (for proof, just look to the star-studded video above), the Mars Curiosity mission got a stern talking to.
"The panel essentially said, 'Drive less and do more science,'" Bill Knopf, the lead program executive for planetary mission operations at NASA headquarters, told Science Magazine. The review panel expressed disappointment in the plan for the rover's mission, which was recently extended indefinitely. "The panel viewed this as a poor science return for such a large investment in a flagship mission," the full report states. The rover team only has plans to drill and analyze eight more samples, and has now been asked to come up with a more ambitious plan.