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This is a difficult time for solar-terrestrial (S/T) research. The loss of the shuttle Challenger has disrupted the entire short-range launch schedule at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings (GRH) Deficit Reduction Act has affected virtually all programs in fiscal year (FY) 1986 and no doubt will affect 1987 and beyond. Then again, every year has its own special problems, and even this year's difficulties could turn to our advantage. For example, GRH has demanded a serious rethinking of budgets and priorities. One outcome of this is the President's budget to Congress in 1987, which requests increases of 8.4% and 8.9% for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA (research and development), respectively.