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1. Learning from Columbia

2. A troubled hybrid

3. The argument for people

4. Pointless exercise?

5. Making sense of the debate



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Science onboard the Columbia.

The Mars Polar Lander had its own share of troubles.

Little Sputnik's giant legacy.

The Hubble undergoes surgery.

Chandra's x-ray goggles.

Autonomous robots not just fiction anymore.

The little Sojourner that could.

Keeping a watchful eye on NASA.

The National Academies' Space Studies Board goes to town on space science.

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium

Forget the debate for a minute. Enjoy the pictures.

Look, ma, no hands! Just Hubble.

80 Tests: More PR than Science? Victoria Griffiths, Feb. 3, 2003, Financial Times (London).

Can Space Station Science Be Fixed, Andrew Lawler, Science, 24 May 2002, pp. 1387-9.

Cuts Lessen Space Station's Value to Science, Report Says, Warren Leary, The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2002.

Debate Over the Shuttle Fleet's Value to Science Has Been Raging from the Beginning, Warren Leary, The New York Times, Feb. 10, 2003.

Panel: Space Station Failing Science Tests, Traci Watson, USA Today, Sept. 19, 2002.

Partners Protest U.S. Plans to Shrink Crew, Andrew Lawler, Science, Nov. 16, 2001.

A Shuttle Chronology, 1964-1973, Guilmartin, John F., and John Walker Mauer, five volumes. Houston: Johnson Space Center, 1988.

The Space Shuttle Must Be Stopped, Gregg Easterbrook, Time, Feb. 2, 2003.

Voodoo Science: the Road from Foolishness to Fraud, Robert L. Park, Oxford University Press, 2000.

Unmanned: The Future of NASA, The Economist, Oct. 27, 2001, p. 13.

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