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Goldin Quits Top Space Agency Post, But His Legacy Lingers

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Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 758-759
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5543.758a

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When NASA chief Dan Goldin departs next month after nearly a decade of service, he will leave behind a U.S. civilian space program that even his harshest critics say has been streamlined, modernized, and made more flexible. Unfortunately, Goldin is also walking away from an agency struggling with huge cost overruns on the space station, an aging shuttle system, and a simmering revolt by life and microgravity scientists. And his take-no-prisoners management style has created a power vacuum within the agency's upper ranks.