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NASA Plans Expansion, New Research Agenda

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1977-1978
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1977b

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA-- In a sign that 18 months of turmoil is ending, NASA last week quietly laid out plans to expand the international space station beyond a stripped-down version that was the product of large cost overruns and management problems. The new plan would increase the number of shuttle flights to the station, start design on a spacecraft that could return a larger crew, and make room down the line for additional pressurized space for experiments.