It figures. One of NASA’s most effective projects ever will be dumped in the ocean sooner or later in favor of manned spaceflight.
To me, it’s just one more decision that says we don’t have the first clue about what real science is. I still remember some of the debate over “super-conducting super-collider” vs. the International Space Station. At that time, it seemed clear to me that the likelihood of useful scientific discovery occurring was a lot lower with the ISS than with super-collider. But because it was in Texas, the Dems were in power, and they wanted to stick it to the GOP, the wrong project got killed.
History may not repeat itself exactly, but it sure does rhyme.