Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Proposed NASA Budget Bill Would Cancel James Webb Space Telescope

The James Web Space Telescope (JWST) was supposed to cost $1.6 billion and launch this year. Now NASA says the telescope can't launch until at least 2018 with a price tag of up to $6.8 billion.

Proposed NASA Budget Bill Would Cancel James Webb Space Telescope

The US House Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee has proposed a NASA spending bill that would put NASA’s budget at pre-2008 levels and cancel the over-budget James Webb Space Telescope. Space News reports that the proposal would cut $1.6 billion from NASA’s current budget, which is nearly $2 billion less than President Obama’s 2012 budget request for NASA, giving the space agency just $16.8 billion to work with.