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House Panel Would Kill Webb Space Telescope

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Science  15 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6040, pp. 275-276
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6040.275

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Last week, a House spending panel eliminated funding for the James Webb Space Telescope after expressing its frustration with the telescope's escalating cost—from $1 billion to $6.5 billion—and what legislators regarded as poor management by NASA. The $3 billion already spent on the project offered no immunity from cancellation. The community has reacted with surprise and dismay. But House appropriators seem more concerned about what it would cost to complete the project than they are about the potential loss of money already spent.