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Scientists, researchers feel pain of NASA budget cuts

USA Today
April 3, 2006

Scientists, researchers feel pain of NASA budget cuts

IU biologist Roger Hangarter studies the role gravity plays in plant growth -- he says research could have important applications for long-term human space expeditions as well as Earth-bound crop production. However, his work will have to go on hold for a while. Hangarter, along with astronomers, biologists and other scientists across the country, has received a termination letter from NASA, saying that his funding has been cancelled. The cuts are due to President George W. Bush's plan to send astronauts back to the moon by 2018.

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Meet Roger Hangarter at and enjoy some of his work at

Hangarter, with the help of artist Dennis DeHart, recently exhibted his work in an unusual show -- sLowlife -- at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. The exhibit "offers a journey into altered perceptions -- a window into the world of plants." Look through the window at