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Astronomy and Astrophysics: Crunch Ahead for Space Science

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Science  22 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5256, pp. 1660-1661
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5256.1660b


This year should be the busiest in history for U.S. space science, with a launch scheduled nearly once a month and existing missions sending back a slew of astronomical data. But scientists worry that 1996 may be a high-water mark for the field, which faces steep cuts over the next several years as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tries to honor its commitments in other areas despite a shrinking budget.