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+ - Another Science Facility Bites the Dust

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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Another Science Facility Bites the Dust

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