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    The people's desires of NASA

    The Republican President's attempts to relive past glories and send men to the moon again has struck out with the population. In fact, the majority of people think NASA should have monitoring the earth's climate systems as its top priority.

    Neat, eh?



    More Americans view monitoring climate or asteroids as top NASA priorities than do so for sending astronauts to the moon or Mars | Pew Research Center

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    Climate was never NASA's roll until the climate change people took them over.

    They were always about space exploration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberthughey View Post
    Climate was never NASA's roll until the climate change people took them over.

    They were always about space exploration.

    Not true. NASA cooperated with the NOAA and USGS throughout the '60s to develop space based observational technology (satellites) while NOAA and USGS carried out the actual research related to the Earth sciences. In the '70s, all three agencies suffered significant budget cuts which put an end to this cooperative effort.

    In 1976, Congress revised the Space Act to give NASA authority to carry out stratospheric ozone research, formalizing the agency’s movement into the Earth sciences, and their role in the Earth sciences has continued since then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Not true. NASA cooperated with the NOAA and USGS throughout the '60s to develop space based observational technology (satellites) while NOAA and USGS carried out the actual research related to the Earth sciences. In the '70s, all three agencies suffered significant budget cuts which put an end to this cooperative effort.

    In 1976, Congress revised the Space Act to give NASA authority to carry out stratospheric ozone research, formalizing the agency’s movement into the Earth sciences, and their role in the Earth sciences has continued since then.
    From NASA:

    When NASA was first created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, it was given the role of developing technology for “space observations,” but it wasn’t given a role in Earth science. The agency’s leaders embedded the technology effort in an Earth Observations program centered at the new Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, in the U.S.. It was an “Applications” program, in NASA-speak. Other agencies of the federal government were responsible for carrying out Earth science research: the Weather Bureau (now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The Applications program signed cooperative agreements with these other agencies that obligated NASA to develop observational technology while NOAA and the USGS carried out the scientific research. The Nimbus series of experimental weather satellites and the Landsat series of land resources satellites were the result of the Applications program.

    This Applications model of cross-agency research failed during the 1970s, though, due to the bad economy and an extended period of high inflation. Congress responded by cutting the budgets of all three agencies, leaving NOAA and the USGS unable to fund their part of the arrangement and putting pressure on NASA, too. At the same time, congressional leaders wanted to see NASA doing more research toward “national needs.” These needs included things like energy efficiency, pollution, ozone depletion and climate change. In 1976, Congress revised the Space Act to give NASA authority to carry out stratospheric ozone research, formalizing the agency’s movement into the Earth sciences.
    https://climate.nasa.gov/nasa_science/history/
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    NASA is on the Right Wing shit list since they are scientists and even worse, they support the global warming theory, therefore, they are doodyheads, along with the National Academy of Science. Only the fossil fuel companies are willing to tell the truth to them about global warming being a hoax....
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    The ultimate sin:

    NASA chief fully accepts dominant human role in global warming


    https://www.axios.com/nasa-chief-ful...2f56240cb.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberthughey View Post
    Climate was never NASA's roll until the climate change people took them over.

    They were always about space exploration.
    As some of the posters who have already responded have at least tried to inform you, studying the planet Earth was ALWAYS part of the original charter of NASA, as laid out in the original legislation that established NASA in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    As some of the posters who have already responded have at least tried to inform you, studying the planet Earth was ALWAYS part of the original charter of NASA, as laid out in the original legislation that established NASA in the first place.
    In fact the mandate under which NASA was created is pretty all encompassing. But up close to the top is:

    (1) The expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space;
    https://history.nasa.gov/spaceact.html
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