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Space & Planetary Science

Science Cut Update

By Keith Cowing
December 12, 2005

NASA Starts Squeezing to Fit Missions Into Tight Budget, Science (subscription)

“Although Cleave is an ecologist by training, she has no oversight of NASA’s biological and physical sciences. That portfolio belongs to Horowitz, who is drastically reducing funding for a host of experiments designed for the space station. He’s already canceled at least half of NASA’s current life sciences grants and contracts. Much of the research planned for the station has little connection with Bush’s plan to return astronauts to the moon and continue to Mars, Horowitz told Science.”

Review of NASA Strategic Roadmaps: Space Station Panel, National Research Council

“The panel saw no evidence of an integrated resource utilization plan for use of the ISS in support of the Exploration Missions. Presentations that covered some elements of criteria and processes for determining priorities for utilization of ISS for different exploration missions demonstrated poor definition of those criteria and processes.”

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