The fiscal 1984 budget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contains some pleasant surprises. The new budget reflects, in some areas, a welcome change from the recent emphasis toward earth-orbiting of space missions of limited scientific content. (For the overall fiscal 1984 NASA budget, see Eos, October 4, 1983, p. 577.)
The July 1983 NASA in-house study-group report titled “The Universities and NASA Space Sciences” emphasizes that the past decade's decreasing budgets have resulted in a severe lessening of university capabilities in space science. Smaller budgets have meant significantly fewer start-ups of space missions with scientific emphasis. Meanwhile, data analysis from continuing and completed missions has not been well funded.