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Unformatted text preview: h Sciences are popular – congress mandated NASA focus on climate research UPI 10 (“NASA: More Earth science missions coming” December 30, Lexis, accessed June 25, 2011, EJONES) NASA says strong support from the White House and Congress will allow it to plan extensive Earth science programs with 16 major missions between 2011 and 2021. In contrast to late 2009 when NASA's Earth Science Division faced constrained funding, the current five-year spending plan calls for an additional $2.4 billion over the previous budget, reported this week. "What a difference a year makes," Michael Freilich, director of NASA's Earth Science Division, said at a recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union. "Last year things were a little bit dicey. This year we are moving forward rather dramatically." NASA says it plans to launch three Earth science satellites in 2011 -- a climate monitoring satellite in February; a joint U.S.-Argentina sea-surface salinity mission in June; and a polarorbiting environmental research satellite in October. NASA is also expanding its Earth science emphasis on providing long-term climate data records. "The administration for the first time gave NASA the mandate to examine how we might contribute to climate continuity," Freilich said. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 156 Mercury Politics Weather Satellites – Popular - Senate 14 Senators support polar-orbiting weather satellites Brinton, Space News, 2011 (Turner, 6/20/11, Space News, “Fourteen U.S. Senators Call for JPSS Funding”,, 6/21/11) EK WASHINGTON — A group of 14 U.S. senators — many from states hard hit by a rash of tornadoes and ongoing flooding — are warning of potentially grave consequences if Congress continues to short change an overdue effort to replace the nation’s polar-orbiting weather satellites. In a June 17 letter to Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Senate Appropriations Committee, 13 Democrats and one Republican — Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.) — warn that a projected looming gap in weather satellite coverage will worsen without more support for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). “As you know, a harmful loss of satellite coverage is already slated to occur in coming years, and we are deeply concerned that without adequate funding to swiftly implement JPSS, American lives, property, and prosperity will be needlessly endangered,” the senators wrote. They did not call for a specific amount of funding. The JPSS program is an offshoot of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, a joint military-civilian program that the White House dismantled in 2010. NOAA sought just over $1 billion for JPSS for 2011 but a long-delayed government spending package that finally passed in April provided only $382 million for the program. NOAA’s 2012 budget request, submitted to Congress in February, included $1.06 billion for JPSS. Agency officials, however, have said even...
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