Bearing in mind it will have cost $hundreds of millions to build and launch Odyssey into successful Mars orbit it seems incredibly short sighted to close down an operational mission that is still gathering valuable science data and providing an important communication link for other Mars missions, all to save $10 million per year. The English phrase "penny wise and pound foolish" springs to mind...
a terrible waste if they do decomission it Possible sell it to a private org, to operate it and sell the data at a 0 sum price or see if donations to keep it operational at least a 5$ donation or such from the public might be just what it needs perhaps lockheed martin could do a crowd funding to make up some of the cost "" just thinking out loud ""!!!!!!!!!
To quote Samuel L. Jackson... “everyone needs to just calm the @#$&* down”. This is not going to happen, Presidents and Congress have been playing these games forever. Congress is not going to defund it!
we can hope but you never know about these politicians they get something in their heads (i wont say brains as im not sure they have one) and you have to beat them over the head to change their thinking