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Smaller Station Crew Would Put More Pressure on Research

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Science  28 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5611, pp. 1297
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5611.1297a

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U.S. and Russian officials are thinking about sending up two rather than three astronauts when a Soyuz capsule--the only link now to the international space station--arrives in May to relieve the current three-person crew. The smaller crew could restrict opportunities for research while buying time for NASA to find out what caused the Columbia disaster.