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What NASA Earth Missions are on the Chopping Block? – PACE, CLARREO, OCO-3, and DSCOVR

, senior climate scientist

The President’s 2018 Budget, released March 16, 2017, ‘terminates’ NASA Earth science missions PACE, CLARREO Pathfinder, OCO-3 and DSCOVR Earth viewing instruments.  What would we lose if these NASA missions were not continued through the appropriations process and eventually the President’s signature for the 2018 fiscal year?  Safeguards to avoid eating toxic shellfish, reduce aviation disruptions and take precautions for unhealthy air quality, to name a few.  Let’s tease apart the alphabet soup of NASA missions and take a brief look at a few of their potential benefits.

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The Value of Science from Space – One Perspective

, former climate scientist, Climate & Energy Program

The past month or so has given us a flyovers by the Space Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise (with associated striking photos), the Hubble Space telescope’s birthday, budget questions over satellites, and proposals to mine asteroids for resources. Typically, my gaze is focused on the earth’s surface or lower atmosphere, but these events have me looking back up for a change and thinking about the role of space in science. However, aspects of this endeavor may be at risk.

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