questionsdo you think they will complete the jwst?

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I think so. Every other week I see an article on Yahoo about some radial new planetary discovery. That gives me the impression that space exploration is an accepted use of government funding, if not a favored one.

With respect to cuts, maybe the JWST won't be finished by 2018, but I don't think it will be abandoned all together. Especially since there's $8.8 billion already invested. Pull the plug and all that money goes to waste.

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@thedogma: They haven't invested that much yet, that's just the expected total cost by the time they complete it. I imagine they have about $1-2 billion invested by now, though. But it wouldn't be the first time they pulled the plug on a project that had $2 billion invested. The SSC project that was supposed to be in Texas had that much when they called it quits.

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Sounds like they got the estimate done by one of those guys that works the front desk at a dealership repair bay.

"Yeah, you never told us this needed to be in space, so this is gonna' take a little longer than we thought."