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NRC Panel to Propose Station Institute

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Science  17 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5448, pp. 2251
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5448.2251a

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Researchers have long criticized NASA for giving scientists short shrift in funding facilities and experiments on the multibillion-dollar international space station now under construction. Now the space agency is about to get some controversial advice on how to fix the problem. In a few weeks, Science has learned, a panel of the National Research Council (NRC) will recommend that NASA create a nongovernment institute to plan and manage science on the station.