WASHINGTON : The US space agency Nasa announced Wednesday it has cancelled the August research mission it had hoped to base at U-tapao airbase after the government refused to endorse the project.
The official announcement, on the Nasa website early Thursday Thailand time, said:
"Nasa cancelled the SEAC4RS mission, which was scheduled to begin in August 2012, due to the absence of necessary approvals by regional authorities in the timeframe necessary to support the mission's planned deployment and scientific observation window."
The single paragraph was added to a website page which described the project in glowing terms as "something that has never been done before: probing a vast expanse of the Southeast Asian atmosphere from top to bottom" during the monsoon season.
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Nasa posted the cancellation notice in a simple "Editor's Note" atop a previous article describing what it called an unprecedented research mission.
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