The National Observatory on Kitt Peak is losing almost all funding, and the National Solar Observatory at Sunspot, NM is as well. This are huge, active sites for astronomy that are heavily used, but they are being shut down due to the budget cuts. Almost every school I applied to for Grad School as bought in to the telescopes there which is one of the reasons I applied to them, but it is likely they won't be running 2 years from now due to the cuts. It's also likely there will be less jobs for astronomers as well due to the cuts, since many positions are funded by grants.
I love my field of research. Astronomy discovers so many mind blowing things every day, things people can't even BEGIN to make up on their own, but the government thinks it's not worth funding. Astronomy is one of the most inspirational and motivational fields that gets people interested in science at a young age, despite very few people becoming astronomers. I know everyone is hurting for money, but I wish there was some other way then taking it from the sciences where it actually does good.
I got off a plane at LAX and went to my connect flight, but not before stopping at a vendor to buy a soda. I then walked up to the line to get onto the plane and opened the soda and took a swig. Right before I got on to the plane I was pulled aside.
TSA: "Mam, we need to check your drink for explosives."
Me: "What?!?! I just bought this here!"
Thank god the TSA has the forethought to check their own already screened drinks for explosives after people have had a drink. It made me feel so much safer when I got onto the plane.
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