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Panel Says NSF Should Shutter Six U.S. Instruments

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Science  24 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6097, pp. 899-900
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6097.899

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Researchers are bracing for the potential shutdown of telescopes that many say are still producing high-quality science. The bad news comes in recommendations from a panel asked by the National Science Foundation's astronomy division to find ways to cope with the agency's dismal budgetary outlook. The panel's report, released last week, recommends that the division stop funding the Green Bank Telescope and the Very Long Baseline Array within the next 5 years. Other telescopes on the panel's hit list include the 3.5-meter WIYN Telescope, the 4-meter Mayall Telescope, the 2.1-meter Kitt Peak telescope, and the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope.