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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.

Discovery News 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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By Belard on 7/14/2011 10:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
Well, perhaps you'll lose your job too... and see how it feels?

There are millions of Americans looking for work. if nobody is hiring, then how are they going to get jobs? The TAX breaks that corp American got turn into NO NEW JOBS.

There are no longer conservatives. What are you talking about?
There are only Teabagger & religious nuts.

By Solandri on 7/15/2011 1:44:57 AM , Rating: 2
I lost my job. I didn't use unemployment. I had saved over the previous years instead of going on the spending binge I guess everyone else was on. At the time it seemed like the country was in dire straits and didn't need another person on the dole, so I used my own savings to tide me over.

Was I stupid to pass up "free money"? Let me answer that with a famous quote by a hero to those who now seem to consider handouts to be the government's #1 priority: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

By pandemonium on 7/15/2011 1:56:23 AM , Rating: 2
Millions of jobs being lost is completely dependent upon the fact that the American Corporate machine employs cheap labor oversees and the lack of US government regulations on smoothing lower to upper class. Highly technical jobs, like what NASA and the thousands of companies that supply to what NASA provides, only improves the position of where the US economy stands opposed to other countries. Cancelling anything NASA is doing is fail, regardless of the level of completion a project in.

Cancelling this program will be another scar forcing me to move out of the US.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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