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Congress considers cutting Hubble's successor




Despite budget trouble, scientists are still working on the components for the James Webb Space Telescope.
Despite budget trouble, scientists are still working on the components for the James Webb Space Telescope.
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As the federal government looks to tighten its belt this fall, it could mean the end of several major science initiatives. Among the items on the chopping block: the James Webb Space Telescope -- NASA's successor to the soon-to-retire Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble was an astronomical gold mine, but the astronomical price of its successor makes it an attractive target for the budget-conscious House Appropriations Committee. Reporter Sanden Totten looks at how the scientific community is reacting to news.