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Webb Telescope Pulled Back From the Brink—For Now

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Science  23 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6050, pp. 1691
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6050.1691

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In July, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA's most ambitious project. Last week, a Senate panel threw a lifeline to Webb by allocating $530 million for the project. That's $156 million more than the Administration's request for JWST. Although the markup is only one step toward a final NASA budget, JWST supporters see it as an encouraging sign.