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Two Fields Prepare to Take the Long View

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Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 222-223
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5502.222B

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Researchers who study the sun and its interactions with Earth's atmosphere will begin an intense effort next week to set long-term scientific and mission goals. The idea behind this study, and a similar exercise being considered by planetary researchers, is to present a unified front before federal agencies and Congress. But the diverse interests of the solar community don't fit easily under one umbrella, and some planetary scientists say the technique is not well suited to a small field with only a handful of missions.