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NASA’s Webb Telescope’s Funding Preserved

Nov 30, 2011


Congress appears to have preserved funding for the James Webb Space Telescope. After announcing a possible cut for NASA’s Webb Telescope, the House and the Senate backed off and voted on Nov 17, 2011 to restore full funding for the entire project. 

NASA will, however, need to reduce spending in other areas, as its overall budget was decreased by more than half a billion dollars from last year’s levels.   Lawmakers from both the House of Representatives and the Senate issued a final spending bill for NASA and several other federal agencies that "accommodates cost growth" for the $8.7 billion telescope. But that language is seen as affirming the Senate's support for the embattled telescope after the House has eliminated its funding.

The Webb Telescope is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).


BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.