News of the Week2002 BUDGET

Fall Fight Looms Over Space Science Funding

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Science  10 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5532, pp. 1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5532.1031

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Congressional lawmakers are at odds with each other and with the new Administration over which U.S. space science efforts should be funded-or cut-in 2002. The high-stakes legislative game affects plans for several important space projects, from Mars exploration to a successor for the Hubble Space Telescope. The politicians also want to shunt hundreds of millions of dollars into pork programs-a move likely to increase the pressure on NASA's strained budget.