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Massive Cost Overrun to Webb Threatens Other NASA Missions

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Science  19 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6007, pp. 1028-1029
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6007.1028

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A project intended to revolutionize astronomy now threatens to derail NASA's entire space sciences program. An independent panel reported last week that overruns on the James Webb Space Telescope could reach $1.7 billion, bringing its total cost to as much as $6.8 billion. NASA officials and the U.S. astronomy community are now scrambling to find a way out of the mess, which could defer the telescope's launch for up to 3 years, to 2017.