Gamma Ray Observatory survives



Right now the budgetary position of NASA science projects for fiscal year 1982 is shaky, outside of the Space Shuttle Program. Two scientifically crucial missions being planned are the Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO) and the Venus Orbiting Imaging Radar (VOIR). President Reagan's proposed budgetary cuts have left both programs intact but delayed. For FY 1982, GRO will be able to continue at only 15% level—‘about enough money to keep the papers shuffling,’ according to a NASA official (Science News, Mar. 14, 1981). Nonetheless, the importance of planning the GRO mission, now scheduled for a launch date in 1988, has prompted the selection of instruments as follows: