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'Faster, Cheaper, Better' on Trial

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Science  07 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5463, pp. 32-34
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5463.32

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For years NASA Administrator Dan Goldin has demanded that scientists and engineers do more with less. Now several reports say that the "faster, cheaper, better" strategy, while good in theory, was poorly implemented. In the next month a battery of congressional hearings will air the issues raised by these reports, while NASA scrambles to come up with a new plan for Mars exploration (see sidebar).