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Einstein Probe Remains Earthbound

Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1726
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1726a

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A NASA-funded effort by Stanford University to test Einstein's theory of relativity faces $70 million in cost overruns and an additional 6-month launch delay. This setback is the latest in a long-running series of technical snafus and political tensions that have plagued the experiment. Frustrated NASA managers say they will decide this summer whether to kill the Gravity Probe B effort, but they seem unlikely to carry through with the threat.