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NASA Emphasizes Importance of Earth Science Given Concerns About Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON — NASA used a briefing about the agency’s next Earth science mission to also emphasize the importance of that research in general, given concerns the next administration may seek to slash funding for it.

A Nov. 10 briefing at NASA Headquarters about the upcoming launch of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System  (CYGNSS) mission featured an introduction by Thomas Zurbuchen, the new associate administrator for science, who talked not about the mission itself but about NASA’s Earth science work in general. Continue reading NASA Emphasizes Importance of Earth Science Given Concerns About Budget Cuts

Space Shuttle External Tank Completes Road Trip to CA Science Center

The massive orange-brown fuel tank, NASA’s last remaining example of its type, built for flight but never used, arrived at the California Science Centeron Saturday evening (May 21), completing a nearly one-day road trip through the streets of Los Angeles.

The external tank, together with the orbiter Endeavour — which was delivered to the Science Center in a similar, but longer parade in October 2012 — and a pair of solid rocket boosters still to come, will form the world’s only vertical display of a fully-authentic space shuttle launch vehicle. The exhibit is targeted to open in the Science Center’s future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center in 2019. Continue reading Space Shuttle External Tank Completes Road Trip to CA Science Center