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September 8th, 2014
Concern About Earth Observation Measurement Longevity

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Studying complex environmental systems, such as atmospheric chemistry and climate, requires a global, long-term view—the view from a satellite. Civilian Earth-observing satellites date to 1960, when NASA launched its first Television Infrared Observation Satellite to map cloud cover. Today, NASA counts 17 and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration counts 15 active Earth-observing platforms in orbit. Researchers are concerned about the future: There is no good path either in the U.S. or internationally to set and execute long-term priorities for space-based observations. Read more via Chemical & Engineering News

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