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Shifting NASA's priorities toward its Moon-to-Mars initiative, which U.S. President George W. Bush announced on 14 January, “will mean neglecting the most promising space science efforts,” according to a 22 November report issued by the American Physical Society Special Committee on NASA Funding for Astrophysics.

The report notes that important science opportunities could be lost or seriously delayed due to this shift in priorities. The new initiative presents the challenge of how to implement it “without destroying the agency's balanced scientific program that was carefully crafted with strong scientific community involvement,” the report states.