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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 2005

Volume 17, Issue 3

In This Issue

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  • Editor's CornerFront Cover
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • March 2005 MODIS Science Team Meeting Overview3
  • Third CERES-II Science Team Meeting8
  • Report on the Second International Workshop on Albedo Product Validation13
  • Other Items of Interest
  • NASA Helps Students “Get the Message” in Problem-Solving Competition18
  • Unlocking the Mystery Behind Lightning’s Puzzling Friend20
  • Ozone Levels Drop When Hurricanes Are Strengthening22
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News24
  • Science Calendars27
  • The Earth Observer Information/InquiriesBack cover

Editor’s Corner

Michael King, EOS Project Scientist

Responding to a recent report issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the House Appropriations Committee has held hearings and issued their own report expressing serious concern over the drastic reductions to Earth science programs that NASA has proposed. According to the Academy’s report, “The aggressive pursuit of understanding Earth as a system—and the effective application of that knowledge for society’s benefi t—will increasingly distinguish those nations that achieve sustained prosperity from those that do not. At NASA, the vitality of Earth science and application programs has been placed at substantial risk by rapidly shrinking budgets that no longer support already-approved missions and programs of high scientifi c and societal relevance.” To begin to address these budget shortcomings, the Committee provided $40 M in additional funding for science at NASA above the Administration’s original budget request.

I’m happy to announce that included in that amount is $30 M in additional funding for the Glory mission. Glory is a critical mission for...