Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Senators Collins and Lieberman Raise Concerns about Changes to NASA Mission Statement

What the heck is going on at NASA anyways?

Senators Collins and Lieberman Raise Concerns about Changes to NASA Mission Statement | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference:

Remember that movie called "The Arrival"?

Could it possibly be true?????

July 31, 2006

Dear Dr. Griffin,

We are writing to express our deep concern about the recent elimination of the phrase 'to understand and protect our home planet' from NASA's mission statement. At a time in which evidence grows on an almost daily basis of the potentially severe impacts of climate change, we find it inexplicable that NASA apparently no longer views protecting and understanding our home planet as a priority. NASA's earth science is some of the best in the world. From studies of hurricanes to the Antarctica ozone hole, from sea level rise to coral reef mapping, NASA's earth science mission is vital to our understanding and protecting planet Earth. A NASA scientist has testified before our committee on the implications of climate change and the importance of climate change research. We wrote to you on February 15, 2006 to express our concerns about allegations of censorship of climate science at NASA.

We appreciate NASA's response to our questions and the agency's reaffirmation that it is 'committed to open scientific and technical inquiry and dialogue with the public.' However, this commitment has little meaning if NASA subsequently alters its mission so as to scale back the very science that we strongly believe needs to be both conducted and communicated to the public.

NASA has a history of scientific excellence not only in space, but also on our own planet. While space exploration is vital, we do not believe that science on our home planet should be sacrificed in order to explore distant planets. NASA can, and should, do both.

We look forward to working with you to ensure NASA's continued contributions to the understanding and protection of our planet.

Susan M. Collins
United States Senator

Joseph Lieberman
United States Senator

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