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Europe Does More With Less

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Science  31 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5573, pp. 1585
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5573.1585a

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PARIS-- Last November, the European Space Agency's (ESA's) science budget was capped over 3 years, forcing about $460 million in savings in the next decade. But at a press conference here on 27 May, ESA science director David Southwood unveiled an ambitiously revised slate of missions. By reshuffling schedules, squeezing money from existing programs, and weaving together the development of missions as tightly as possible, they have transformed a program of 12 launches in 11 years into one of 16 launches in 10 years.