Skip to comments.JPL to save $400,000 by canceling this year's open house
Posted on 04/30/2013 5:21:44 PM PDT by kingu
Bracing for significant impacts to funding for public outreach programs next year, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory decided to cancel its hugely popular open house in June. The cost savings? Roughly $400,000 for the two-day event.
The figure is a comparatively slim sum for an agency that deals with budgets into the billions, but comes as NASA faces pressure to cut costs where it can amid the across-the-board federal spending reductions known as sequestration.
It was that downward pressure that JPL cited when it announced last week that the open house scheduled for June 8 and 9 would be canceled to save money. At the time, the cost to put on the event was not available.
(Excerpt) Read more at touch.latimes.com ...
Ping for your list... This has to be a Washington decision, as Caltech world not turn away the public by their choice.
For those who don’t know this event, it is hugely popular among the local population, and even attracts international visitors. And quite a bit of the time, it spawns many new ideas and projects. Quashing this event is actually harmful to the overall mission of JPL.
My favorite part has always been the science expo at the local schools which use the crowds as a fundraiser opportunity for new science equipment that isn’t eaten by payoffs to teachers.
I would certainly go if it were near me. Maybe they should consider a couple bucks admission.
I recently visited the Caltech campus. I remembered it from the 80's as a relatively open campus with large lawns, open buildings, and a friendly atmosphere.
Now the campus is glutted with alien spacecraft buildings that are closed. You need an electronic ID to go anywhere. The campus is patrolled. Everything shuts down and closes up early.
So Caltech is already turning the world away. They want to keep the world away from their precious little students.
200k of the expense is likely the inane security checkpoint to enter the event. Can’t have a lawfully armed citizen displace a security guard. Last time I was there, they wanted an elderly science fiction writer to get out of her wheelchair so they could search it for weapons, while two teams of explosives trained dog handlers prowled around her.
As for selling tickets, JPL refuses since the public paid for the center on the first place. Just rings of an Obama declared penalty to the scum who imagines that their money doesn’t all belong to the government.
That is an immense amount of money for a 2 day event. I guess it would be asking too much for them to find a way to do more with less. Only the private sector has to do that.
I DONT GIVE A $HIT ANYMORE
EVERY dam department can close their parties if that helps stop the spending
After all, that $400,000 can fund a lot of NASA’s current mission, namely muslim outreach. Maybe some of obastard’s genocidal Sudanese buddies could use a slice...
“a comparatively slim sum....”
It always infuriates me that every cut is called a small, insignificant amount. That is the tax bill for about 30 people.
Instead of lowering everyone’s tax bill by a penny or less, let’s hold a lottery to completely relieve the tax obligation of 30 people. For every cut made, give a few more people complete freedom from taxes for one year.
The possibility of tax relief would become wildly popular and would result in pressure for even greater cuts to include more people in the “tax relief lottery” by those that did not benefit from the lottery the previous year.