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Financial Crisis Puts Comet Mission on the Ropes

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Science  23 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5623, pp. 1213
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5623.1213

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- The science program of the European Space Agency is $230 million in the red this year--an amount equal to more than half its $430 million budget. The only expendable item is Rosetta, a $1 billion mission to drop a lander onto the surface of a comet.