May 6, 2012
Why is Obama degrading our satellite capabilities?
The U.S. is beginning to lose its satellite earth observation capabilities according to a recent National Research Council report. From Space Daily: "The report cautions that the nation's earth observing system is beginning a rapid decline in capability, as long-running missions end and key new missions are delayed, lost, or cancelled. "The projected loss of observing capability will have profound consequences on science and society, from weather forecasting to responding to natural hazards," said Dennis Hartmann, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle, and chair of the committee that wrote the report. "Our ability to measure and understand changes in Earth's climate and life support systems will also degrade." Why are our capabilities degrading? According to the article: "The new report finds that although NASA responded favorably and aggressively to the decadal survey, the required budget was not achieved, greatly slowing progress. Changes in...(Read Full Post)