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US astronomers to face tough choices

from Nature News Blog

Tight budget projections have prompted the U.S. National Science Foundation to launch a review that is likely to recommend consolidations or divestments for some major U.S. astronomy facilities. By the end of the decade the operating costs of NSF astronomy facilities could consume over 80 percent of agency's astronomy projected $245 million budget, and capital costs will be nearly $2 billion. NSF will shortly be charging a portfolio review panel consisting of up to 20 researchers — most or all astronomers — to advise on where cuts should fall. more

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