Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 61, Issue 2, page 9, 8 January 1980
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1980), When(ce) shuttle?, Eos Trans. AGU, 61(2), 9–9, doi:10.1029/EO061i002p00009-03.(
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It is known, although perhaps not widely appreciated, that U.S. space science investigators will be without new data for at least the next 4 years. The progress in exploration of the planets will suffer greatly during the next decade or two because of the huge costs—and the usual cost overruns—of the Space Shuttle program. The costs were originally estimated at $5 billion, and now they are expected to top $8.4 billion, the increase being supplied partially out of other budgets. What then are the chances of getting the Space Shuttle off the ground in the near future so that plans for exploring the solar system may be resumed? How well will the scientific community, the public, and business interests be served by the Shuttle program itself?