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House Panel Cuts Space Science, NSF Budgets

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Science  06 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5429, pp. 813-814
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5429.813a

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On 26 July, a House appropriations subcommittee cut $1.4 billion, or more than 10%, from NASA's 2000 budget, threatening future Mars missions and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), scheduled for launch in 2001. In the same bill, the subcommittee proposed a $25 million cut (a reduction of 0.7%) in the current budget of the National Science Foundation, with an $8.5 million (0.3%) increase for research. A few days later, though, the full House appropriations committee added back $400 million to NASA's budget, rescuing SIRTF and the Mars missions, yet leaving NASA's total appropriation about 7% below the current level.