02 May '12, 8pm

Lights Out for Research Satellites?

Lights Out for Research Satellites?

NASA An artist’s rendering of NASA’s NPP satellite in space. Launched last October, it is the first satellite designed to collect data for both short-term weather forecasting and long-term climate monitoring. Earth-observing systems operated by the United States have entered a steep decline, imperiling the nation’s monitoring of weather, natural disasters and climate change, a report from the National Research Council warned on Wednesday. Long-running and new missions are frequently delayed, lost or cancelled because of budget cuts, launch failures, disorganization and changes in mission design and scope, the report said. In 2007, the research council, the working arm of the National Academies, issued a report highlighting research imperatives for the next decade and beyond for NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Geological Surve...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/lights-out-for-...

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