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http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/astronomers-react-to-plans-to-cancel-james-webb-space-telescope
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Astronomers are up in arms over proposed congressional budget cuts that would cancel an ambitious but over-budget space observatory that has been pegged as the successor to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
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First the Space Shuttle and now this,what's next?I'm wondering if these areas will be moving into the private sector after all?
 
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1.2billion over budget, poor project management, i can see why it might be canceled.
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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

This is one project that better not be canceled. I was hoping to use some of the data from it. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by dir_d;14282456 
1.2billion over budget, poor project management, i can see why it might be canceled.

Yes, estimated to be $1.5B over budget for the planed 7 years. But this is partially do to the estimated launch date being pushed back a year and they want to cut this because of the 2012 budget where the telescope is requesting only about $450M compared to what would have averaged about $714M per year with the original launch plans. Unless original $5B includes after the launch which means the over budget part is even more so a temporary hiccup. The freaking thing is about 75% physically existing already.
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No more beautiful galaxy/nebula photos for a LONG time... This is something that they SHOULD NOT cancel...

Very disappointing.
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I hate us congress. Whenever NASA do something really great, they cut all the money from it, or as in this case, prevent it from getting off the ground.

Hubble is going in a few years, so if this never happens then there will be no more pictures from space.

However it is a shame that the JWST is infrared and doesn't have a visible camera as good as hubbles to take over from it. I know they can see more with infrared, but its just a bit of a step back.

NASA is contracting out all its future stuff, which is a bad idea, since the companies are only in it for the money, it wont pay off in the long run.
Edited by alltoasters - 7/20/11 at 11:25am
     
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Originally Posted by alltoasters;14283468 
I hate us congress. Whenever NASA do something really great, they cut all the money from it, or as in this case, prevent it from getting off the ground.

Hubble is going in a few years, so if this never happens then there will be no more pictures from space.

However it is a shame that the JWST is mainly infrared and doesn't have a visible camera as good as hubbles to take over from it. I know they can see more with infrared, but its just a bit of a step back.

NASA is contracting out all its future stuff, which is a bad idea, since the companies are only in it for the money, it wont pay off in the long run.
We can do better visible range imaging from the ground now. The infrared gets absorbed by the atmosphere so that's why we need it out in space. Visible light also gets blocked by interstellar dust unlike infrared. Most of the images of space people put on their backgrounds include light from the visible, infrared and x-ray spectrums that are converted to different colors for us to interpret.
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Hmmm... After reading that NASA's budget and hearing how our Militarys Budget in 1 yr = to NASA's budget over a 10 yr span, makes me sick that what our congress and govt is doing to NASA.

We reached the moon, we built a ISS, so ahh screw it, lets cancel that stupid program and lets make more bombs and useless weapon R&D that COST MILLIONS and never leaves the lab or the Army just didn't like it. <-- what congress would say

screw our congress
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There's an enormous number of half finished NASA projects locked up in storage from either faltering public interest, budget cuts, or administrative decision. The good thing is that these are typically sealed away very securely, and can be booted up at any time.

We actually recently had one weather satellite and one solar probe be taken out of storage for exactly this reason.

Remember everyone - You might feel like you have a small voice, but send a letter to all your local Congressmen and House Reps telling them what you want. Typically, they will take it into consideration.
    
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