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Webb telescope caught in budget bill’s crosshairs

The final launch of the space shuttle is set for later this week. But NASA’s most important astronomy mission suddenly seems in danger of never leaving the ground. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), already in serious trouble on both sides of the Congressional aisle because of cost overruns, would be canceled, if a Republican-controlled House subcommittee has its way. That committee, which is responsible for spending at agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation, todaytabled its draft legislation for the 2012 fiscal year. The documents aim to chop nearly 9% from NASA’s 2011 budget, a significant fraction 

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