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What happens to a dark energy dream deferred?

An ambitious $1.6 billion spacecraft that would investigate the mysterious force that is apparently accelerating the expansion of the universe — and search out planets around other stars, to boot — might have to be postponed for a decade, NASA says, because of cost overruns and mismanagement on a separate project, the James Webb Space Telescope. The news has dismayed many American astronomers, who worry they will wind up playing second fiddle to their European counterparts in what they say is the deepest mystery in the universe.

Truly shameful. The US spends billions on any number of other unproductive, if not outright destructive global pursuits, yet we can't put up a $1.6 billion satellite that could answer one of the most profound questions in science. To read the rest of the article, click here.
Category: Science