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Trump's New NASA Budget Aims to Scrap Critical Telescope Project That Could Help Solve Dark Matter Mystery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A troubled NASA telescope designed to crack some of the biggest mysteries in our universe may be headed to the chopping block. That's according to a NASA document the agency posted publicly today that outlines its budget request as part of President Trump's administration for fiscal year 2019. The telescope was due to launch in the mid-2020s, but there have been warning signs for the project, which has had major problems with cost control: estimates place its price tag at $3.9 billion, rather than the budgeted $2 billion. In October, an independent review team hired by NASA to check up on WFIRST concluded that the project was scientifically crucial, but that a whole lot of work had been done without major progress toward launch. read more
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