The Chandra X-ray spacecraft may soon go dark, threatening a great deal of astronomy

Last week, an ominous letter was published to the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s website. « Dear Chandra community, » it starts, « As many of you are aware, the NASA budget for FY25 and beyond was released… » 

This letter was written by Patrick Slane, director of the Chandra X-ray Center. In it, he’s talking about NASA’s budget proposal for the next few years. It’s a budget that paints Chandra’s future as a bleak one — a budget that would leave Chandra’s mission behind.

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