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Cosmologists Beat Out Mars Explorers

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Science  03 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5262, pp. 642
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5262.642


Europe's cosmologists were the winners last week in the competition for the next slot in the European Space Agency's (ESA's) space science program. Following a 3-day meeting at ESA headquarters in Paris, the agency's Space Science Advisory Committee backed COBRAS/SAMBA, a mission to map the cosmic microwave background, a radiation echo of the universe from shortly after the big bang. The decision may, however, spell the end for European scientists' efforts to join international plans to explore Mars.

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