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NSF Steps Over Political Hurdles to Build Mobile Radar Facility

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Science  27 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5628, pp. 2017-2018
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5628.2017a

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Space weather researchers were crestfallen in 1998 when a powerful legislator blocked a long-planned upper atmospheric radar facility in Canada's Arctic region rather than in his native state of Alaska. But this month the National Science Foundation decided to proceed with a mobile and modular facility that will satisfy his geographic requirements--and perform even more science than the original version.