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Space station research faces axe as Nasa cuts $344m to save Moon and Mars quest

Published by spacecowboy on Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:51 pm
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Alok Jha, science correspondent
Tuesday November 15, 2005
The Guardian

The most expensive science experiment in the history of the world is nearing collapse after its main sponsor, Nasa, announced plans to slash hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget.

The space agency plans to save $344m (£198m) next year by halting research aboard the International Space Station into the effects of space radiation on humans, the design of life support systems, and advanced environmental controls.

Already brought to its knees by the continuing problems with the space shuttle and being billions of dollars over budget, the International Space Station has now fallen victim to a damage limitation exercise instituted by the Nasa administrator, Michael Griffin, who needs to find ways to plug a looming $5bn budget shortfall in the space agency’s finances.

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