Discretionary funding cut to harm science


Government agency and Congressional staff speakers painted a grim picture of budget possibilities for science in general and space science in particular at a well-at-tended lecture on the changing climate for federal funding held at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 13.

Several matters complicate science funding this year, led by efforts to seriously reduce the runaway federal deficit. The speakers agreed that with more than 100 new members entering Congress, it is difficult to know the level of support for science funding. And at NASA, internal problems and spacecraft failures have garnered negative public opinion at a time when the agency's mission is being redefined.