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Faster, Cheaper, Better Is Also Harder

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1443
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1443

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Six months after losing the Lewis spacecraft in orbit, NASA last week canceled its intended companion, the Clark mission, before it even got off the ground. Agency officials blame themselves for failing to oversee the two Earth-monitoring projects adequately, but they say that the demise of these missions does not weaken NASA's resolve to build and operate smaller, faster, and cheaper robotic space flights.