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Frustration lingers over canceled exoplanet hunts

from msnbc.om

Frustrated by the fiscal realities that are forcing science funding decisions, astronomer Geoff Marcy recently expressed his profound disappointment in the cancellation of exoplanet missions like the Terrestrial Planet Finder and the Space Interferometry Mission. He's also angered by what he sees as a lack of leadership and cooperation for exoplanet missions within NASA and the larger astrophysics community. He criticized the 2010 astronomy and astrophysics Decadal Survey, an influential review complied by the National Research Council that recommends missions for space science over the next 10 years. "TPF was not even mentioned in the Decadal Survey," he said. "How is this possible?" more


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