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NASA Scales Back Science on Station

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Science  06 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5280, pp. 1333
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5280.1333b


NASA is quietly reducing the amount of science that will be conducted aboard the international space station in its early years and has asked Japan and Europe to consider building an expensive centrifuge that will form the cornerstone of biological research on the station. The moves have upset U.S. researchers already unhappy with a recent decision to divert money from science to construction, which comes as NASA continues to tout the station as an orbiting laboratory with an extensive and exciting research agenda.