shocked astronomers by the House of Representatives motion to scrap deep space observatory after the amount of costs of $ 6.5 billion in the U.S.
NASA fights to save its next generation space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope. Politicians want to finish the project - one of the most complex ever devised by engineers of space -. Although billions of dollars have been invested in construction
Scheduled for launch in 2016, James Webb, to replace the veteran Hubble Space Telescope in orbit in deep space, a million miles from Earth, and into the dawn of universe. Their comments have been meeting the most important questions about the structure of the cosmos, astronomers say.
The cost of the observatory has soared from an initial estimate of 1.6 billion (£ 996m) to over $ 6.5 billion (£ 4,000,000,000). As a result, budgets for other research projects in astronomy have been reduced, the leading magazine
to describe the James Webb as "the telescope that ate astronomy. "astronomers Not surprisingly, the movement to have the telescope, which has been under construction since 2004 and is named after a former NASA administrator, shocked. The James Webb was destined to be the centerpiece of astronomical research for the next two decades. Its segmented mirror would be almost three times the diameter of the Hubble Telescope, and because of that orbit outside the Earth's atmosphere would be able to make observations of unprecedented accuracy. This will allow you to capture images from a time when the first stars and galaxies lit up the universe.