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James Webb telescope rescue bid fails

The House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA rejected an amendment that would have provided $200 million for the James Webb Space Telescope–Hubble’s successor–in the fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations bill, by a voice vote on 13 July.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, would have taken $200m from NASA’s $3 billion “cross agency support budget” to provide the extra funding for the telescope. It was offered in response the subcommittee’s decision the previous week to terminate funding for the instrument.

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