NASA is the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It was established in 1958 by an act of Congress (literally) with this charter:
“The expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space”.
And yes, NASA has explored vast areas of space as well as turning its focus back on this planet (yes, Earth is a planet), to discover things like the hole in the ozone layer, and to observe planetary changes with high-resolution time-lapse photography from satellite imagery.
A recent editorial in 170-year-old magazine Scientific American talks to the fact that there are those – politicians – who want NASA to avert its eyes of Earth science, possibly denying that it is a science at all. And they have been able to divert monies for the study of our planet to other space efforts. In one example, they have given NASA much, much more money than they asked for to study Jupiter’s moons, and much, much less money than they had asked for to study climate change.
We think NASA should be in charge of its mission, clearly chartered in 1958.
Have a look at what they have discovered about OUR planet at this portion of NASA’s web page, called “Images of Change“. It seems some people are afraid of the facts, so they are just pointing the telescope away…
We at EarthPM encourage you to make up your own mind. Look at those pictures. Also experiment with NASA’s interactive application:
You decide. Should politicians be allowed to deny us this type of space exploration? Is Earth part of space? Should NASA continue to do this sort of work? We think so.
(By the way, the picture above, which looks indeed like it came from another planet, is indeed of Lake Mead, Planet Earth, showing how this lake has shrunk in the last 16 years)