NASA's new budget is slated to land on Capitol Hill today, and it's not quite what the space agency was hoping for. President Obama is asking Congress for $17.7 billion for NASA in 2013, funding it at its lowest level in four years and a full billion dollars less than the President mapped out for the agency in the five-year budget he sent Congress last year. Perhaps hardest hit: future Mars missions.
NASA’s new budget, approved by a House and Senate conference committee and going before the full House today, will save the over-budget James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). But the allotment for commercial space taxis to ferry crews to and from the International Space Station has been cut in half.
Some good news: The James Webb Space Telescope appears to be safe, at least for now. Congress (or at least the Senate) is planning to give NASA more money than it requested to finish the huge infrared telescope, the successor to Hubble and NASA's biggest post-shuttle project. But there's also some bad news: Other science missions may pay the price.
Lawmakers working on next year’s federal finances have taken the ax to the James Webb Space Telescope. That’s right, NASA’s next-generation space telescope, the successor to Hubble and the space agency’s biggest post-shuttle project, may be killed.
Constructing the cosmos isn't easy. There are a lot of moving parts to keep in mind, ranging from the astronomically large to the infinitesimally small. But in a plain campus building on the northern fringe of the University of Illinois, Robert Patterson hurtles through a galaxy he and his colleagues created, checking and re-checking his path to account for both physics and physiology. After all, he wants to create an authentic voyage through the universe, but he doesn't want to make anyone's stomach turn.
Huge cost overruns caused by mismanagement of the James Webb Space Telescope are delaying NASA’s keystone science project yet again, and could wreak havoc on the agency’s remaining astrophysics budget, a congressional panel found this week.