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Mars Loss Could Sink Planetary Probes

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Science  22 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5291, pp. 1297
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5291.1297a


The loss of Russia's Mars '96 probe, just hours after launch last weekend, may also have doomed the country's once proud planetary space program. Astrophysics projects are expected to get the upper hand as future missions compete for scarce funds.