Lawmakers Zap NASA Head

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Science  23 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5756, pp. 1891
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5756.1891b

NASA chief Mike Griffin wants to refocus all space station research on crewed spaceward voyages. But Congress last week agreed on an authorization bill which demands NASA spend at least 15% of its station funds on microgravity research not related to exploration. Griffin, meanwhile, told a meeting of the American Geophysical Union earlier this month that NASA faces “some daunting fiscal issues” amidst visions for robot miners on Mars and a census of extrasolar planets.

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