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+ - Another Science Facility Bites the Dust

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today, the latest victim of the US Government Shutdown, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory shut its doors and essentially mothballed all three of its Radio Telescope facilities: the Very Large Array or VLA (think Jodie Foster, "Contact"); the Green Bank Telescope, and the Very Long Baseline Array or VLBA. While the ALMA telescope is not yet affected (mainly due to it being run by a consortium of European, Japanese, Chilean and US organizations), the US funds for that will soon also dry up.

Not only does this furlough most of the ~550 employees, it has also thrown a monkey wrench into many long-term carefully planned observations (to the tune of wasting half a million dollars and a year's worth of work). Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society also has a commentary on the closure — and a plea to 'stop the madness'."
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