Anaxagoras wrote:The Trump Administration plans to cancel the WFIRST space telescope:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswith ... 2fd48857b0
BTW, the James Webb space telescope, which had been planned to be launched this year, is now scheduled to be launched next year. It's a huge gamble too:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... g-to-fail/
If everything goes right, it will be spectacular. Just hope everything works the way it's supposed to.
The former is probably at least partially due to the latter. The JWST was projected to cost around 3 Billion and here we are looking at the ass end of 9 billion. It's that fucking sunshield that has everybody worried.
Impossibly cool materials science going on with that but it is damnably questionable from a risk perspective.
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