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NASA's Planetary Science Program Endangered by Budget Cuts

Planetary science is NASA's most successful and inspirational program. It should not be gutted

As this issue went to press, an appropriations bill was pending in the U.S. House of Representatives that would restore some funds to planetary science. Congress should take this first step toward stabilizing the program—and toward investing in planetary exploration at a level commensurate with its proven value.

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