An anonymous reader writes: HELSTF, the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility at White Sands, New Mexico, USA, is facing a grim future due to proposed cuts in the 2008 fiscal year budget. Some of you may know that HELSTF is home to the MIRACL, or Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser, dubbed the most powerful laser in the free world. The MIRACL was used extensively in the mid 1980's as a testbed in support of America's Star Wars laser weapons program. The proposed cuts would bring an end to a distinguished 25-year career for the site, with no replacement capability on the horizon. Worse yet, aside from over 130 potential jobs lost, countless sharks would be looking for a new gig. . .
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