All this will likely mean negative consequences for other missions, however. NASA's heliophysics, planetary science and Earth science divisions will all have to bear some of the JWST cost burden, thereby pitting scientists against scientists. Is infrared astronomy worth the astronomical price tag? It will be interesting to see how this plays out as Congress finishes the budget this fall. (It's supposed to be completed by Sept. 30, but there's no chance of that — the House has already introduced a continuing resolution, which funds everything at 2011 levels through Nov. 18).