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Stern Looks for Way Out of NASA's Budget Squeeze

Science  01 Jun 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5829, pp. 1269
DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5829.1269a

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His $5.4 billion budget is stretched thin, but rather than cancel space projects nearing launch or ask for more money, NASA's new science chief Alan Stern says he intends to beef up lunar science, champion smaller and less complex spacecraft, and insist on hard-nosed cost estimates before larger missions can win approval.