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Tight Budgets Squeeze European Earth Observation

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Science  01 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6119, pp. 504
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6119.504

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On the face of it, the European Space Agency's Earth-observation program came out of last November's budget-setting council meeting pretty well. But to make room in the budget for new launchers and the International Space Station, member states have put the squeeze on Earth-observing science missions. And, with the funding of the European Union still in doubt, questions hang over the future of a groundbreaking environmental monitoring system.