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Crossroad for European Space Activity

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Science  25 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5713, pp. 1206
DOI: 10.1126/science.1107684

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Europe invests only about one-sixth of the United States' spending in various space activities. Given the complicated organizational structure of government space spending in Europe and the lack of will or ability to increase the overall budgets, it will be difficult for Europe to maintain its place as a major player in the world's space activity. The author of this Policy Forum thinks that either the ambitions of Europe should be lowered in accordance with the available budgets, or the budgets should be adjusted upward. Without substantial increases in the budgets, Europe should not enter into new fields of space activity.

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