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Goldin May Cancel NASA Earth Probe

Science  16 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5349, pp. 318
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5349.318b

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The Clark satellite was to be a model of NASA Administrator Dan Goldin's faster, cheaper, better approach to space missions: a small craft laden with instruments for observing Earth's surface and the sun, all for just $54 million. But Goldin is now considering a recommendation to cancel the mission due to poor management, a host of technical troubles, and spiraling costs. Sources say the ax could fall as early as this week, although program supporters are lobbying hard to keep Clark alive.