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With more missions to Mars and the moon planned, researchers are forgetting the importance of the needs of people on Earth

A recent report done by the National Research Council has found that the U.S. satellite system that monitor's the environment and climate needs on Earth must undergo vast upgrades or scientists may lose ability to accurately forecast hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and winter storms. The report also called for NASA to launch 17 new satellites to launch by 2020. NASA and NOAA now have 25 satellites in orbit that specifically only conduct environmental measurements and observations – however, many of them are working past their initial expected service time.

“This is the most critical time in human history, with the population never before so big and with stresses growing on the Earth,” said Richard Anthes, co-chair on the committee which wrote the report.

The National Research Council of the National Academies also warned that by 2010, the number of instruments on satellites for Earth-observing purposes will be cut by around 40 percent.

The NOAA yearly budget of $1 billion per year for environmental satellites must continue to remain available to the organization. Spending $3 billion per year on new equipment and satellite missions through the year 2020 would sufficiently get Earth-observation back on the level it needs to be, according to space officials.



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RE: UH oh
By Googer on 1/18/2007 12:39:03 AM , Rating: -1
I would rahter see $3 Billion get spent on edugamakation, defence, and weather system upgrades. As cool as it would be to go to Mars, at this moment the USA has more important things to worry about. Like preventing a terrorist attack, stoping the spread of nuclear weapons, and sealing off the northend-southern borders.


RE: UH oh
By Kuroyama on 1/18/2007 5:43:17 AM , Rating: 3
Did you even read the Dailytech summary? This has nothing to do with Mars and is about things like the very weather system upgrades that you are referring.


RE: UH oh
By Tsuwamono on 1/18/2007 8:21:53 AM , Rating: 2
From the sounds of your post the USA does have a huge problem with education. And im not refering to your obvious spelling error.

Sealing off the northern and southern borders? Are you retarded? Canada is like your biggest supplyer of many things and your biggest exportation of many other things.

Maybe the reason you have so many terrorist attacks is because ignorant people like you blame entire countrys for the acts of a few men. Im sure Usama is bad and all but doesnt mean all of Afganistan is bad. Same with Saddam and Iraq.

You should probably pick up a foreign news paper and take a gander of what is REALLY going on. Terrorist attacks in the US are few and far between, same with canada.

Maybe you should keep in mind that Canada has done alot for the states. We even threatened our own safty for you guys by continueing to tell the world that we are allies with you even after one of our major cities was threatened with a large scale terror attack if we didnt stop supporting you guys. We told them to shove their terrorist attack up their ass because the USA is a good ally.

I just hope you guys dont elect a president like you my friend because the whole world would be fucked up starting with the USA


RE: UH oh
By Grast on 1/18/07, Rating: 0
RE: UH oh
By Hare on 1/18/2007 11:54:50 AM , Rating: 2
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After 911 if I had to kill every soul in Iraq to guarantee my son and every other fellow American's lives and way of life... I would do it.

So basically you say that you would be willing to sacrifice millions of innocent people just because a few of them might have something against you.

Suddenly you and a random terrorist seem to have a lot in common.


RE: UH oh
By Grast on 1/18/2007 12:43:45 PM , Rating: 1
How many so called innocent Germans and Japanese were killed in WW2 during daylight bombings of cities? Anwnser: None, all of the germans and japanese during WW2 were our enemy and enemy combantance. That is the reason we won those wars. We understood the only way to win was to destroy them.

I do not buy your argument that only a few of the Iraqis are responsible. They for the majority are supporting the terrorist either by active helping or simply going along with them.

You do not understand the idea of war. The idea of war is to kill your perceived enemy. That is the reason war is supposed to be avoided.

You stated I would sacrifice millions. I would say that I am removing millions of soldiers and collaborators. This is the difference between me and you. I am willing to make the hard decision and protect your freedom. If we played the game by your standards in the end, these very so called innocents would stand by and let the terrorist cut off you head.

The real world is brutal. Living in a delusional world were everyone can get along is only going to get your self killed.

Peace through superior firepower.


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By Ringold on 1/18/07, Rating: 0
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By rushfan2006 on 1/19/2007 9:12:09 AM , Rating: 2
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How many so called innocent Germans and Japanese were killed in WW2 during daylight bombings of cities? Anwnser: None, all of the germans and japanese during WW2 were our enemy and enemy combantance.


Note to self: Tell my grand father that he and his WW2 buddies are damn liars, no innocent Germans or Japanese existed or will killed in bombing runs in WW2 -- because someone said so on an Internet forum. ;)

Seriously, where the hell do you get this shit?

LOL

[quote]You stated I would sacrifice millions. I would say that I am removing millions of soldiers and collaborators. [/quote]

No I think you are taking what the guy said out of context. Yes he stated he'd kill ever soul in Iraqi if it meant it would assure freedom for his kid and all American's...but this was an expression of his convictions of saying "I'd do what needed to be done, if it came to that." Which is, different than someone saying I want to murder everyone in Iraq.

You are having a heated debate with the OP, so you are taking out of context the parts the benefit your argument in order to "fight back". (This is what everyone does - so its normal).





RE: UH oh
By rushfan2006 on 1/19/2007 9:16:04 AM , Rating: 2
Ugh..sorry for the confusion post I had both comments on a notepad to copy in...

This part, was suppose to go to the "other guy"...

quote]You stated I would sacrifice millions. I would say that I am removing millions of soldiers and collaborators. [/quote]

No I think you are taking what the guy said out of context. Yes he stated he'd kill ever soul in Iraqi if it meant it would assure freedom for his kid and all American's...but this was an expression of his convictions of saying "I'd do what needed to be done, if it came to that." Which is, different than someone saying I want to murder everyone in Iraq.

You are having a heated debate with the OP, so you are taking out of context the parts the benefit your argument in order to "fight back". (This is what everyone does - so its normal).





RE: UH oh
By goz314 on 1/18/2007 12:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, The comet has arrived. Your spaceship is waiting. Now, drink your kool-aid and dream of happy things.


RE: UH oh
By Kuroyama on 1/18/2007 8:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
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We want ... all of our laws obeyed.

Did you or any of your friends ever drink alcohol before the age of 21? Have you ever driven above the speed limit? There are most certainly plenty of other laws you haven't followed, but you probably only want to obey the laws that you like, ignore the ones you don't like, and meanwhile scold other people despite your own hypocrisy.


RE: UH oh
By nunya on 1/19/2007 1:26:49 AM , Rating: 3
Holy shit. I also have a son, and guns, and the people I feel the need to protect him from are people like you. People born in foreign countries have no more control over where they're born than we do. Sure there are some bad people out there who would like to do some very bad things to us, but I'm certain that the majority of the population just wants to go about their lives, not giving a shit about us, just like we want to go about our lives, not giving a shit about them. To be willing to kill all of those people just to get at a few (relatively speaking) bad ones is rediculous. You bring up the bombings in WWII and how you have to consider everyone in the country as an enemy, but we've been lucky enough to have never experienced anything like that here. I gaurantee your attitude would be different if your family and friends were being killed and their homes destroyed in a war they did not believe in, much less participate in. People like you are what's wrong with America.


RE: UH oh
By Mithan on 1/20/2007 11:00:41 AM , Rating: 2
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It means that I will no longer be told by the other countries of this world how to live my life or what values are important.


... but probably have no hesitation telling others how to live their own lives.



RE: UH oh
By masher2 (blog) on 1/18/2007 9:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
I get downrated for pointing out that comm satellites can't be used to observe hurricanes...yet posts like the above fly by without a scratch.

*shakes head*


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