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Shooting for the Moon

The Apollo programme inspired thousands of people to pursue careers in science. Today, they still support human spacefaring — but baulk at the price. Richard Monastersky reports on the results of a Nature poll.

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Monastersky, R. Shooting for the Moon. Nature 460, 314–315 (2009).

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