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Making a Deal With the Devil

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Science  14 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5417, pp. 1106-1107
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5417.1106

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Seventeen years ago, NASA Administrator James Beggs was looking for scientific support for a controversial plan to build an international space station. In a series of meetings with the National Research Council's space sciences board, Beggs won over a skeptical group of astronomers and astrophysicists with the promise of stable funding for space science and a voice in the station's design. That deal has lasted for more than a decade, through bitter budget battles and despite vocal opposition to the station by some scientific societies.