Carter's Plan for the 1980s
Renewed Space Interest vs. Tight Budgets
The nation's space program, now reaching out in new directions after its successes of earlier years, is the source of an interesting irony. After years of decline, there appears to be a resurgence of public interest in space. But as the evidence of this increased interest accumulates, the Carter administration has announced a carefully conservative policy regarding government support for space programs through the 1980s. This policy was outlined in a four-page announcement by the White House on Oct. 10, just nine days after the 20th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The U.S. space program, although extraordinarily successful and once again possessing a glamorous image, has been a big consumer of ever-scarcer ...