WHAT'S NEW, Friday, 24 July 1992

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PHYSICISTS IN EUROPE, JAPAN AND CANADA OPPOSE SPACE STATION!

In an unprecedented joint statement issued today, the presidents of a group of major scientific societies, including The American Physical Society, fired a blast at Space Station Freedom. That's hardly news; they do it every year. But this time, the statement was accompanied by the translation of a statement adopted by the German Physical Society. Like their American colleagues, German physicists contend Space Station Freedom cannot be justified on the basis of economics or science. And it didn't stop with the Germans! The strongly worded German statement was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the European Physical Society and by the Presidents of The Physical Society of Japan, the Canadian Association of Physicists, and The American Physical Society; Japan, Europe and Canada are "partners" with the United States in the space station. Meanwhile, at a Capitol Hill press conference, Rep. Howard Wolpe (D-MI) released a letter signed by 75 of the most distinguished American space scientists; their letter contends the space station cannot be justified on the basis of its scientific usefulness or its importance to space exploration.

BUT PROPONENTS OF THE SPACE STATION HAVE NOT BEEN IDLE EITHER.

On Tuesday, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin and NIH Director Bernadine Healy signed a Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The matchmakers were none other than Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Jake Garn (R-UT), the top space station tub thumpers in the Senate. The agreement, which Mikulski hailed as "historic," is little more than a pledge to cooperate, but it is meant to give credibility to claims that space research will somehow lead to cures for disease on Earth. At the Hill press conference, Rep. Durbin (D-IL) commented that "Cancer cures are the last refuge of budgetary scoundrels."

SENATE COMMITTEE RESTORES $550M TO THE SUPERCOLLIDER IN FY 93!

The Appropriations Cmte yesterday left untouched that portion of a subcommittee report dealing with the SSC. The report calls for $623M for high-energy physics, $7.5M less than the Adminis- tration request. The Fermilab injector upgrade would get $25M, $5M below the request but $10M above the House number. In a surprise move, SSC champion Bennett Johnston (D-LA) folded the controversial Energy Strategy bill into the appropriations bill. The effect was to deflect the debate away from the SSC. Senator Bumpers (D-AR), who leads the opposition to the SSC, decided to withhold an amendment to kill the supercollider until the bill comes up on the floor. That could happen as early as next week.

LAMPF SUPPORT SHIFTED TO ATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS.

With the venerable Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility facing term- ination, its $54M, plus $11M, was shifted to a defense account in a ploy credited to Sen. Domenici (R-NM). But Budget Director Richard Darman could rule that the move violates the "fire wall."
Robert L. Park OPA@AIP.bitnet The American Physical Society