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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is in the process of reassessing its plans for the space station. It has been directed by Congress to come up with $6 billion in savings in the program over 5 years and must include plans to keep yearly expenditures within specific ceilings. The agency is expected to have the plan completed by January 22.

NASA has already stopped work on several station-related science projects and an underwater training facility. The science experiments were being managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., and were to be attached to the exterior of the space station. Cuts in the science projects alone will eliminate 240 jobs, most of them with contractors. About 2000 jobs will be affected by the cuts in the program's operating budget.