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NASA Tries To Save Hubble's Successor 134

Last month we discussed news that the James Webb Space Telescope, the planned successor to the HST, is on the budgetary chopping block. Now, an anonymous reader points out hopeful news from TPM's Idea Lab blog, which says NASA is trying to "spread the cost across the agency rather than just pulling from the $1 billion astrophysics division, with at least half of the funds coming from other areas of NASA's total $18 billion budget." According to Nature News, the decision resides with the White House's Office of Management and Budget, and support for the project depends in particular on Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
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NASA Tries To Save Hubble's Successor

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  • by antifoidulus ( 807088 ) on Tuesday August 23, 2011 @10:35PM (#37186786) Homepage Journal
    Look, in order to save tax breaks for private jets, sacrifices have to be made. I mean, which is more important, exploring the vastness of the universe, unlocking the secrets of mankind, or making sure trust fund babies dont have to shell out a small amount more for their private jets. If you answered the former, you are an American-hating, greedy, muslim-atheist socialist!
  • Re:Yay (Score:5, Funny)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) * on Tuesday August 23, 2011 @11:07PM (#37187004) Journal

    Look. If they wanted certain approval and funding into the indefinite future, they should have named the telescope program "Infinite Freedom" or "Patriotism Chapter II" or "Frontier: American Majesty".

    Better still: The Ronald W. Reagan Deep Space Telescope.

    Republicans would wet themselves like a little puppy getting its belly scratched. Or like Reagan himself during his last 2 years in office. But there would have to be a rider saying that the telescope would have to be built in Texas and absolutely no union workers could be used. And an amendment naming Genesis Chapter 1 as the Official Creation Story of the United States of America.

    On second thought, it would still probably get filibustered until the White House is back safely in the hands of a white Republican man.

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