Tight Budget Makes for an Uncertain Future

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Science  04 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5552, pp. 38
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5552.38

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PARIS-- While NASA struggles to set its priorities for solar system exploration (see p. 32), European space scientists are grappling with a more fundamental question: Will they continue to be major players in the game? Recent budget cuts threaten both ongoing programs and new missions, and cuts are forcing space agency officials to scale back their grand plans for the future.