News of the WeekSPACE STATION BIOLOGY

Panel Says NASA Must Show Results--Fast

Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1728-1729
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1728

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NASA should pull the plug on efforts to grow crystals in space unless it can show better results from its investment. That stern advice comes from a National Research Council panel in a report (www.nap.edu/books/NI000245/html) that takes a critical look at the agency's oft-repeated scientific rationale for building the $100 billion international space station: using a microgravity environment to produce new crystals and to better understand cell growth in microgravity.

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