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Endorsement for Controversial Satellite

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Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1905
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1905

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An Earth-monitoring satellite initially proposed by Vice President Al Gore won scientific endorsement last week from a panel of the National Research Council. President Bill Clinton's science adviser Neal Lane immediately hailed the study as "a rigorous analytic review" that gives a green light to the program and called for bipartisan support for the effort. But it still may not be smooth sailing for the project, as Republican leaders in Congress have long opposed it.