US Congress members call on NASA to cancel Chandra telescope budget cut plan

US Congress members call on NASA to cancel Chandra telescope budget cut plan
US Congress members call on NASA to cancel Chandra telescope budget cut plan

JAKARTA – NASA’s plan to reduce the budget for operating the Sinar-X Chandra telescope was rejected by nine members of Congress. They asked NASA to reconsider its plan. Nine members of Congress said they do not agree with a significant reduction in the 2021 budget for a telescope that is already 25 years old. The reason is that this budget cut could significantly reduce the performance of the telescope until it is ultimately canceled. To show their rejection, nine Democrats sent a letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on June 6. They said the risk of this budget reduction would be very great. “If implemented, this reduction would result in a significant reduction in the science mission at 25th and would open the process to 26th,” the members of Congress wrote, quoted, cited, cited

“The magnitude of this reduction is due to increased mission costs and inefficiency. But Chandra’s operational efficiency is still near optimal, costs are stable, and scientific benefits per taxpayer dollar are very high,” the Congressman said. At the end of his letter, the nine members asked NASA to maintain Chandra’s total funding of approximately US$68.7 million (IDR11.1 trillion). NASA should also “halt the significant reduction plan at TA25 until Congress decides on the allocation of funds for Chandra.”

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