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NASA to Buy Research Time to Bail Out Russian Agency

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Science  09 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5387, pp. 206-207
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5387.206

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On 2 October, NASA announced that it will buy thousands of hours of cosmonaut time from Russia's bankrupt space agency to keep the agency afloat. The deal should provide ample time to conduct U.S.-led experiments while the station is being assembled. The $60 million agreement is intended to prevent the $50 billion space station project--whose first components are scheduled to be launched next month--from falling even further behind schedule (Science, 1 May, p. 666). But some members of Congress are attacking the plan as a giveaway.