European scientists will be disappointed by the next three-year space plan, although other demands of the space community are likely to be met—albeit at lower funding levels than anticipated. European Space Agency Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said last week that an annual increase of only 3.5%, or €420-440 million ($525-550 million), in spending for science would be sought when space ministers meet on Nov. 25-26 for their multiyear summit in The Hague. This relatively modest ...


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