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Europeans Clash Over Space Station

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Science  13 Oct 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5234, pp. 224-225
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5234.224


On the eve of a key meeting of the European Space Agency's(ESA's) governing council, European governments are sharply divided over their contributions to the U.S.–led international space station. Unless a deal can be struck, Europe's contribution to the project may be in jeopardy—and ESA itself could be severely damaged. A sidebar examines similar disagreements over ESA's space science budget, with the United Kingdomand Germany pressing for cuts in the science budget