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The White House's Increasingly Nearsighted "Vision"

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
February 7, 2006

Canceling NASA’s Terrestrial Planet Finder: The White House’s Increasingly Nearsighted “Vision” For Space Exploration, SpaceRef

Editor’s note: According to NASA’s FY 2007 budget documentation “The Terrestrial Planet Finding project (TPF) has been deferred indefinitely.” In other words, it is dead. NASA is just afraid to say so.

In a document titled “A Renewed Spirit of Discovery” released on the same day that President Bush announced his Vision for Space Exploration in January 2004, the White House directed NASA, as part of the new “Vison for Space Exploration” to “Conduct advanced telescope searches for Earth-like planets and habitable environments around other stars”.

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