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Report Warns of Rapid Decline in U.S. Earth Observation Capabilities

Report Warns of Rapid Decline in U.S. Earth Observation Capabilities Posted on 6 May 2012 by John Hartz This is a reprint of a news release posted by the US National Research Council on May 2, 2012. A new National Research Council report says that budget shortfalls, cost-estimate growth, launch failures, and changes in mission design and scope have leftU.S.earth observation systems in a more precarious position than they were five years ago. 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. This photo from NASA's Suomi NPP satellite shows the Eastern Hemisphere of Earth in "Blue Marble" view. The photo, released Feb. 2, 2012, is a companion to a NASA image showing the Western Hemisphere in the same stunning detail. This photo was taken o...

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=1442

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