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Italian Space Agency Head Ends Term With a Bang

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Science  28 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5270, pp. 1867
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5270.1867


Venice—With only days to go before his term as special administrator in charge of Italy's space agency, ASI, comes to an end, engineer Silvano Casini has stirred up a hornets' nest by presenting a 10-year plan for ASI to a parliamentary technology committee in Rome last week. In calling for more international collaboration, Casini's plan flies in the face of recommendations made in February by a government-appointed panel. He drew censure from the research ministry for announcing unapproved proposals without their consent.