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Can ESA Shrug Off Malaise?

Science  05 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5331, pp. 1426-1428
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5331.1426

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In the past 3 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been beset by budgetary woes, staff cuts, dissension among its member countries, and, more recently, a spectacular mission failure. Now ESA officials and scientists hope to put their soul-searching behind them. At the beginning of last month, Italian electrical engineer Antonio Rodotà took over as the agency's new head, promising to forge a new relationship between ESA and industry and restore ESA's technological edge.