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NASA Faces Billion-Dollar Problem

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Science  21 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5342, pp. 1391
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5342.1391

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Prospects for much of the federal government's research enterprise may be looking up (see main text). But NASA's budget trajectory is still headed down. The agency's annual budget has fallen by $1 billion, to $13.6 billion, in the past 4 years, and it has taken an aggressive cost-cutting campaign by NASA chief Daniel Goldin to stave off the cancellation of major programs. And right now, next year looks even worse, largely due to cost overruns on the international space station.