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A healthy and effective space program is of critical importance to many field of geophysics. The proposed Space Station, including polar orbiting platforms and a manned station, would have a substantial impact on this nation's space program. For this reason, the American Geophysical Union has established a position on the Space Station.

By vote of the AGU Council during the week of July 21, AGU has formally adopted a position on the Space Station, given below. AGU members who wish to be active in determining the Space Station's future may use this consensus position statement. The panel that drafted the statement was Brad Hagar, chairman, Eugene Bierly, Rafael Bras, Charles Drake, Thomas McCord, James Van Allen, and Gary Ernst.