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Unformatted text preview: is today. Hubble's best and most productive period is ahead of it, not behind it," continued Senator Mikulski. "It is Hubble that started this 'Golden Age' of exploration and discovery, and it is Hubble that has become America's icon for exploration and discovery." Senator Mikulski has a long record of standing up for the Hubble Telescope, tracing back its entire 15 year life. After NASA announced it was terminating the servicing mission that was needed to extend the life of the Hubble, Senator Mikulski requested a second opinion and a National Academy of Sciences study. As the senior Democrat on the Senate's Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, Senator Mikulski has consistently fought to provide funding in the federal budget for a Hubble servicing mission - adding $350 million over the past two years to the 2005 and 2006 CJS spending bills, respectively. During these two fiscal years, President Bush's budget did not include funding for a Hubble servicing mission. "While experts were working on a second opinion, I was fighting for Hubble's budget. I knew that if the NASA Administrator said a shuttle mission was safe - because the safety of our astronauts must be our number one priority - NASA would need money in the federal checkbook for a Hubble servicing mission," said Senator Mikulski. "I promised to move heaven and earth to make sure the resources would be there. Hubble is too important to the world and to our country.” Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 146 Mercury Politics ***Links – Earth Sciences Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 147 Mercury Politics Congress Oversees NASA-NOAA Relationship Congress oversees policy and resources exchanges and cooperation between NASA & NOAA Morgan, Congressional Research Service spet in science and technology policy, 7-8-10 [Daniel, Congressional Research Service, “The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress”, p. 36, opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] NASA’s Relationship with NOAA Congressional policy makers have taken a long-standing interest in NASA’s relationship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which operates Earth observing satellites for weather forecasting and other purposes. The NASA Authorization Act of 2005 mandated the establishment of a joint NASA-NOAA working group; required NASA and NOAA to submit a joint annual report on coordination each February; directed NASA and NOAA to evaluate NASA science missions for their operational capabilities and prepare transition plans for those with operational potential; and directed NASA not to transfer any Earth science mission or Earth observing system to NOAA until a transition plan has been approved and funds have been included in the NOAA budget request.162 In the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, Congress directed OSTP to develop a process for transitions of experimental Earth science and space weather NASA missions to operational status under NOAA, including the coordination of agency budget requests;163 mandated a National Aca...
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