Money Woes Cloud Future of Workhorse U.S. Telescopes

Staff Writer

Five federally funded optical and radio telescopes in the United States could be forced to shut down over the next 3 years because of budget cuts by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The decision has sparked widespread dismay among astronomers, who say the loss will severely hurt students and early-career scientists, especially at small and midsized institutions. But NSF officials say the agency has no choice but to divest itself of these five telescopes if it is to operate new telescopes expected to come online in the next several years.

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