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Science  20 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5320, pp. 1781
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5320.1781

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ZHUKOVSKY, RUSSIA, AND KHARKOV, UKRAINE-- As the Soviet Union began to unravel in the late 1980s and funding for space science began to decline, the central space facilities such as IKI, Moscow's Institute for Space Research, were not the only centers to suffer. Across the Soviet Union, institutes supported directly and indirectly by the civilian and military space efforts suddenly found themselves without a patron. Since then, it has been a matter of diversify or die.