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Red Ink Will Not Wash Out Space Science

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Science  13 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5353, pp. 977
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5353.977

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While most U.S. R&D agencies are savoring the prospect of big budget increases if Congress approves the Clinton Administration's 1999 request, NASA is contemplating a less palatable fate: a smaller budget than it received this year. That possibility brought congressional advocates of the space program rushing to NASA's defense last week. They charged that a declining budget coupled with ballooning space station cost overruns could cripple science, aeronautics, and technology programs.