Siding Spring Survey
Budget crisisUnfortunately, further operation of the SSS is now threatened by budget cuts. In October 2011, the Catalina survey cut off funding partly as a result of the deteriorating exchange, leaving the SSS dependent on local and temporary support from the ANU. With this short-term funding due to run out in July 2012, the South Hemisphere could be left without any substantial program to give early warning about potentially-hazardous asteroids and comets approaching Earth from below 30 degrees latitude.
If the survey is forced to close, the planet will have a major blind spot until the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, in Chile, comes on stream in the 2020s.
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