GAO Predicts a gap in data of 17-53 months Above our heads in low Earth Polar Orbit a series of aging Earth Observation satellites is beginning to slowly break down and shut off. As this happens we will degrade the ability to observe critical data needed to accurately predict weather events in real time and the long term. For example items like hurricane Sandy’s ground track and global warming will suffer. You may remember NASA’s “Mission To Planet Earth” back in the 90′s. This initiative was a demonstration that while NASA considered exploration of other planets in our solar system important, they also believed Earth deserved it’s own mission. Slowly the Mission To Planet Earth started to fade away as administrations changed. As time passed it was thought that NOAA should be in charge of Earth observation satellites. So a partnership was formed with NASA/NOAA and the Department of Defense to build and fly these important satellites. This program was known as NPOESS or the National Polar Orbiting Satellite System. NPOESS was just as successful as you would expect any project [...]
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When you compare the Earth’s magnetic fields with those of Mars you begin to understand why our planet is truly such a magic place. Life could be prolific in our universe but it takes a very special set of circumstances for it to thrive. In order for life to not just exist but to thrive some of the things it needs include right temperature, a source of food, energy, water, air, and the protection from radiation and solar winds that our magnetic field provides. You cannot underestimate how important this protection is. Our planets atmosphere is reliant on the electric dynamo that lives at the center of our planet. The spinning iron core generates a huge electric current which in turn creates our magnetic shield. Without it the solar winds would slowly scour our atmosphere away until there was nothing left. Taking our water with it. If you look at Mars you can see the end result. At one time Mars was more than a little Earth like. It had large amounts of liquid water, [...]
UPDATE 12/21/12 – See Article about end of world – The End of the World is here…we had a good run!! It is OFFICIAL, the United States Government has announced on the USA.GOV web site that the world will not end after all in December 2012. Of course the people who believe it will would just say that this is meant to keep us all calm before the end….maybe this is so the Feds can finish building that space ship and get off the planet. In any case here is an excerpt from the announcement…. False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time. Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won’t), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us(no and no), and many others. The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012. Unfortunately, these rumors have many people frightened, especially children. NASA has received thousands of letters concerned about the [...]