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Panel Plots Clear Path for Planetary Program

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Science  19 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5580, pp. 317-318
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5580.317a

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For the first time, U.S. planetary science has a long-term, comprehensive road map for exploring the solar system. First stops would include the distant Kuiper belt and Pluto, Jupiter's icy moon Europa, and, to the surprise of many researchers, an ancient lunar crater. Now researchers must convince NASA, the White House, and Congress that those trips are worth the money.