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Push to Revive Pluto Mission May Mean Competition for JPL

Science  17 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5495, pp. 1270-1271
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5495.1270

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An unusual coalition of scientists, activists, and politicians is pressuring NASA to rethink a September decision to put a 2004 mission to Pluto on hold because of budget constraints. The growing clamor is shaking up the planetary science community, which is also preparing for a mission at mid-decade to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. The biggest impact may be felt at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which could face serious competition for the first time in decades on contracts to build planetary missions.

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