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Will Tight Budgets Sink NASA Flagships?

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Science  11 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6057, pp. 758-759
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6057.758

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The 2012 budget request for NASA paints a far less rosy picture of the next 5 years than did the president's previous budget, and the outcome for 2013 is expected to be even worse once Congress completes its work. NASA's situation is aggravated by the rising cost of the James Webb Space Telescope. One casualty may be the $1.5 billion Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope. The future is not bright for planetary scientists, either.