Trump’s Plan To Destroy NASA Science Laid Bare In FY2020 Budget

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A wide-field image of the Tarantula Nebula, taken by Hubble, showcases the remnant of recent, nearby supernova 1987a and its surroundings. Whereas our combined datasets from the past 30+ years have given us hundreds of supernovae out to many billions of light years, WFIRST will get us many thousands of supernovae out to distances never-before-reached by our observatories today. There is no substitute for the science it can accomplish.NASA, ESA, and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation) and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

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  • Date: 2019-03-12
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A nuclear weapon that could change everything: Don’t allow low

Since the creation of the atomic bomb nearly 75 years ago, scholars have offered only one major insight into how such weapons should change our thinking about national security. Sadly, the Trump administration is now ignoring that signal lesson of the nuclear era, by commencing production of a ‘low-yield’ atomic warhead for submarine missiles, which could backfire by increasing the risk of a nuclear attack on the United States. The only hope is that Congress will prohibit deployment of this dangerously destabilizing weapon.

Prior to the nuclear era, defense planning aimed to destroy enemy military arsenals as quickly as possible. Such preparation could both deter war and, failing that, reduce the human and financial costs of victory. However, nuclear weapons upset that calculus, because experts realized that countries would actually be more secure if they could not threaten to destroy their adversaries’ nuclear arsenals.

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