One ofthe most controversial of scientific projects, Gravity Probe-B,
has won the approval of an expert
panel of the National Academy of
Sciences. The project, proposed by
Stanfora physicist Francis Everitt,
envisages sending a probe in orbit
around the Earth to test Einstein's
General , Theory of Relativity
(Science, Vol 268, No 5214).
Thie problem is the cost: some half a billion dollars! Scientists feel that it is too costly in these days of resource-starved pure science funding. Now it is for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to find the money for the project.
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