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Friday, July 05, 2019

The Trump administration's federal budget request for 2020 proposes the cancellation of three NASA science missions: the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and two Earth science missions. This isn't the first time the Trump administration has tried to nix WFIRST, a $3.2 billion flagship-class astrophysics mission that has already had to grapple with budget cuts. In its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, the Trump administration sought to end that mission along with five other Earth science missions -- but the Senate voted to give WFIRST the funding it needed to stay on track for a launch in 2025.



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According to NASA's summary of the budget request, the Trump administration is proposing "to terminate the WFIRST mission and instead focus on completing the delayed James Webb Space Telescope," another flagship-class project that is over budget and behind schedule.


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I suspect that the so-called 'Earth science' missions got cancelled because a) they involved ACTUAL science which of course Trump has no appreciation for, and b) the science probably had something to do with studying climate change, again something that Trump and his minions claim does not exist or at least needs nothing more sophisticated than a thermometer hanging on a tree.


#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-07-06 10:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pence is probably afraid that the telescopes will find something other than heaven.

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-07-06 07:12 PM | Reply

All we ever see is 'artists renderings'.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-07 01:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Wow, I thought James Webb was already in space. Sucks to read this news + update. NASA's budget increased last year under Trump so these are possibly preliminary negotiations.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-07-07 06:59 PM | Reply

"Why didnt we see this coming?" - President

"Well, our budget, sir, enables us to see about 2% of the sky and, well, it's a big ass sky" Dr. Dan Thorton, Armageddon, 1998.

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-08 08:11 AM | Reply

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