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Crisis Over, 5-Year Plan Back on Track

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Science  24 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5338, pp. 567
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5338.567

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VENICE-- Last week, a government crisis put an eagerly awaited 5-year plan for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in jeopardy. Italy's 1998 budget--of which the ASI plan is a part--would have been shelved if the government had fallen. But after 5 days, the Communists who had left the coalition government returned, and the government won a vote of confidence from Parliament, putting the budget and ASI's plans back on track.