Sounds pretty important. What happened? Last January, NASA quietly cancelled the DSCOVR mission, citing “conflicting priorities”. This is in spite of strong endorsement of this mission by the National Academy of Sciences, and virtually the entire climate science community. Mission Leader Dr. Francisco Valero calls this project “a necessity, an urgent necessity.” The Ukrainian government even offered to launch DSCOVR free of charge on a Tsyklon II rocket – the most reliable launch vehicle in the world.
The word from NASA? No thanks. US congress later added insult to injury by raiding the NASA budget to the tune of $568.5 million for 198 non-peer reviewed “Congressional interest items”—otherwise known as pure political pork.
While climate change proceeds apace, this critical spacecraft designed to study the most important issue in the world will continue to not cause problems for the fossil fuel lobby – harmlessly sitting in box in Maryland.
Maybe someone should hold a bake sale…
Mitchell Anderson is a Vancouver based environmental writer. His blog is at mitchellanderson.blogspot.com. This is his first guest post at DeSmogBlog.