Germany's Bleak Future in Space

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Science  28 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5343, pp. 1554-1556
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5343.1554

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COLOGNE, GERMANY-- This year, Germany found it could not support a separate space agency and folded it into its aerospace research center. If downward budget trends continue, some of its basic space science may not survive, either. Adding to the concerns of basic researchers is the research ministry's initiative to increase the focus on applied space research and closer ties to German industry. And while Germany has pledged to continue its role in the international space station, it will be unable to pay for any cost overruns, nor will it be able to contribute to a proposed international crewed space mission to Mars.