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Washington Outlook: Capital Wrapup

PRIVATIZATION

Turning government services over to private industry remains popular, but the feds may be about to get one back. Since the Landsat satellite imaging program was taken over by a General Electric/Hughes Aircraft venture in 1984, some prices have gone up by as much as 4,500%. After hearing the screams of angry customers, Congress is pushing for NASA to take the program back or to subsidize the cost to commercial users.EDITED BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM


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