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On Darwin, space and the odd Newton

By Philip Ball   October 2009

The future of human space flight should become clear during October, with Nasa’s panel of experts due to report to the White House by the middle of the month. But the whole business has become very murky. The report was rumoured to have been submitted in early September, yet the White House denied receiving it. Its arrival is anxiously awaited, as it is expected to be sceptical about spaceflight programmes—upon which many jobs depend. Then again, there may be little cause for worry. Obama’s advisers are well aware of how popular these things are with the public.

Darwin centenary fatigue…

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