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Small Missions Lift Planetary Science

Science  12 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5332, pp. 1596-1598
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5332.1596

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Mars Pathfinder's success and a stable of new missions signal real progress in NASA's push for smaller, cheaper, and faster spacecraft. The results have rejuvenated the planetary science community and reversed a bleak period in which most of the agency's science resources had been shifted to such projects as the international space station, Earth-orbiting environmental satellites, and large observatories.