Bush bans Nasa studying Earth

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Bush bans Nasa studying Earth

Sure its neat to combine technology and adventure to travel to new planets, but in the end there is little there in terms of a future for humanity.

Look how complexly we are linked to our environment, we take in nutrients through our mouths, skin, eyes, etc, to such a degree that we still can't tell how much environmental changes affect us.

Even our bodies are made up of earth materials in quantities and balances found on earth. We are indeed made of the earth, and the sea, and the air..

So we totally take humans out of that environment into a sterile alien environment, where in the distant future we may be able to stand unaided on Mars, and expect our bodies to operate as well on earth, with totally different environmental and chemical inputs?

No way.

Living on earth is our only future, space is for mining and science, not for serious human living. We need to fix THIS world not destroy it and expect to find another perfectly set up for us to move to. The same government that bans research into earths envoronment is also at the forefront of destroying it.

NY Times

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From 2002 until this year, NASA’s mission statement, prominently featured in its budget and planning documents, read: “To understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.”

In early February, the statement was quietly altered, with the phrase “to understand and protect our home planet” deleted. In this year’s budget and planning documents, the agency’s mission is “to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.”

David E. Steitz, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said the aim was to square the statement with President Bush’s goal of pursuing human spaceflight to the Moon and Mars.

But the change comes as an unwelcome surprise to many NASA scientists, who say the “understand and protect” phrase was not merely window dressing but actively influenced the shaping and execution of research priorities. Without it, these scientists say, there will be far less incentive to pursue projects to improve understanding of terrestrial problems like climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.
By netchicken: posted on 23-7-2006

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