Earth Science: January 2007 Archives

Earth Vs The Moon

Blinding Ourselves in Space, opinion, NY Times

"With little new money to carry out these costly tasks, the agency has been forced to rein in other parts of its budget, including earth science studies. Unless Congress gives NASA more funds, the agency should shift money internally to give Earth observations higher priority. Studies that could affect the livability of the planet seem vastly more consequential than completing a space station or returning to the Moon by an arbitrary date."

Martian Logic, editorial, Washington Post

"Mr. Moore and his co-chairman, Richard A. Anthes, say that Mr. Bush need only restore earth science research funding at NASA to the levels of late in the Clinton administration and spend reasonably on a discrete set of projects to repair the system, a goal that should be reachable if he reconsiders how to pay for his ambitious space missions. If the president must go to the moon or Mars, he should find the money for it responsibly, not by chopping away at other, more vital programs."

Researchers lay out wish list for Earth-observing satellites, Natuire

"The number of earth-observing missions could drop by a third between 2006 and 2010, if funding continues at expected levels. The loss of existing capabilities would leave scientists without data to feed models of climate change perhaps leaving us unprepared to face future climate shifts."

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Reacts to National Academies' Earth Science and Applications Assessment

"At a time when accurate weather forecasting and climate research is becoming increasingly important to the well-being of our citizens, this distinguished panel of experts is warning in no uncertain terms that 'the United States' extraordinary foundation of global observations is at great risk.'"

Report Calls for Renewed National Commitment to Space-Based Earth, NAS

Scientists Warn of Fewer Studies From Space, NY Times

"The nation's ability to track retreating polar ice and shifting patterns of drought, rainfall and other environmental changes is being put "at great risk" by faltering efforts to replace aging satellite-borne sensors, a panel convened by the country's leading scientific advisory group said."

NOAA satellites help save 272 people in 2006, NOAA

"NOAA satellites helped save 272 people from potentially life-jeopardizing emergencies throughout the United States and its surrounding waters in 2006 -- up from 222 the previous year."

Editor's note: On page 9 of an 11 December 2006 Industry Day briefing given about the Landsat Data Continuity Mission Operational Land Imager by LDCM Project Manager Bill Ochs it is stated that an RFP will be released on "1/3/07". The last posting with regard to this procurement was on 29 December 2006. Editor's 9 Jan update: The solicitation has now been released.


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