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Satellite Shutdown Stirs Controversy

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Science  03 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5531, pp. 775-777
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5531.775b

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NASA last week abruptly decided to shut down a venerable research satellite that has been gathering critical global climate change data for a decade. The decision, made for fiscal reasons, surprised and angered atmospheric researchers, who were planning a festive 10th anniversary celebration next month for the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite.