Cancellation of James Web Space Telescope Program Recommended
July 14, 2011 12:36 PM
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James Web Space Telescope
(Source: Discovery News)
Hubble's replacement could be killed after years and billions invested
It has been a very long time since the project to replace the Hubble Space Telescope with a new and higher tech device began. Like many other projects that NASA has been working on and projects at other government sponsored facilities, things are under the knife as Washington seeks to cut every ounce of fat from the budget for next year.
One of the projects that NASA is running is the replacement for the Hubble called the James Web Space Telescope. The JWST was unveiled back in
May of 2007
and at the time, it was said that the program had met technical and cost schedules for the previous 20 months of development. Somewhere between 2007 and today the program went significantly off course and has come under the knives of politicians looking to trim more budgetary fat.
reports that last week the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee recommend that the
JWST program be cancelled
. Yesterday the full House Science, Space, and Technology committee approved the subcommittee's plans to cancel the program.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made a plea to the committee to keep the JWST alive at the last minute. Bolden said, "I have tried to explain what I think is the importance of James Webb, in terms of opening new horizons far greater than we got from Hubble. I would only say that for about the same cost as Hubble in real-year dollars, we'll bring James Webb into operation."
An amendment to the budget that would have sent another $200 million to the project was voted down. So far the JWST has gobbled up $3 billion and all of that money will be lost if the project is cancelled. The program is estimated to cost $6.8 billion when complete so the cancellation would save over $3 billion.
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RE: Is it April 1st already?
7/14/2011 10:04:39 PM
It's quite logical. Congress is filled with idiots and the idiots who put them there are too busy worrying who'll be the next idol superstar holiday dancing on ice masterchef of America. Thus they can do whatever the hell they like.
Honestly. If you guys let the james webb telescope get canceled i'll have no more respect for NASA at all, no matter how many SUV's you send to mars. That thing will be as important as hubble was. If you cancel it, your basically saying NASA isn't important anymore.
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