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America sliding towards Australia

More evidence of convergence can be found in the fact that the U.S. is trying to kill off earth observation ... yet again.

The press release quotes Jim Hansen:

They're making it clear that they ... prefer that NASA work on something that's not causing them a problem."

Categories: climate environment

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Chris on Wednesday 26 July, 2006:

I can certainly find no evidence of "mission to planet earth" in the White House statement "Renewed spirit of discovery" at http://www.whitehouse.gov/space/toc.html. I find this short-sighted attitude so terrifyingly bizarre amongst politicians (in this case second term); not having a lump checked out doesn't mean the cancer won't kill you!

However, the NASA 2006-16 Strategic Plan at http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/142303main_2006_NASA_Strategic_Plan_sm.pdf does still include sub-goal 3a: "Study Earth from space to advance scientific understanding and meet societal needs", and this does identify at least 8 "next generation" earth observing missions. So maybe they are still managing to keep their heads above water?

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