"The budget includes... $4.5 billion for NASA science programs, which is $431 million below last year's levels. The bill also terminates funding for the James Webb Space Telescope, which is billions of dollars over budget and plagued by poor management."NASA originally proposed a lunch date of 2011 and a total cost of $1.6 billion. Current estimates place the expected launch date in 2018 at the earliest with a price tag of over $6.8 billion. With government finances getting tight and everybody in Washington in a budget-cutting mood. It looks like the next of NASA's flagship science missions might never make it off the ground.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The House Appropriations committee released it's preliminary 2012 budget for "Commerce, Justice, and Science" and the news for science at NASA is not pretty. From the committee's press release: