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European Programs Face Another Squeeze

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Science  23 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5547, pp. 1631
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5547.1631a

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European space scientists got an unsettling sense of déjà vu last week. The European Space Agency had asked its 15 member governments for a 4% annual increase for its much-praised science program, but instead, government ministers meeting in Edinburgh approved only 2.5%--barely enough to keep up with inflation. A similar setback occurred in 1999, which means that space science funds have been stagnant for 6 years.