CNN.com reports that a $273 million NASA satellite crashed minutes after takeoff. Says program manager John Brunschwyler, "Certainly for the science community, it's a huge disappointment."
Well, I can't speak for the science community, but "huge disappointment" doesn't really do justice to the feelings of the taxpayer community. All we hear about is how grave the economy is right now, and we just blew up a quarter of a billion dollars. I'm sure they'll spend the $1.2 trillion they just authorized really well, too.