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NASA to Launch Climate Observation Satellites 

NASA to Launch Climate Observation Satellites 

Missions from NASA have put a man on the moon and a rover on Mars, but a new Earth-focused mission will provide crucial information about climate change and extreme weather.

Why This Matters: NASA is focusing now on its ability to “see” the Earth, not just to explore space, as part of a broader climate re-orientation at the agency, which includes a new climate advisor position and an increase in climate-oriented missions.

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IEA Outline Roadmap for World to Reach Net-Zero by 2050

IEA Outline Roadmap for World to Reach Net-Zero by 2050


by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, the International Energy Agency–an international energy forum comprised of 29 industrialized countries under the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation– issued a comprehensive roadmap of what it would take for the world to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 while keeping to the 1.5C goal.  As the BBC explained, […]

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Chinese Rocket Debris Hits Ocean Near Maldives

Chinese Rocket Debris Hits Ocean Near Maldives

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Debris from an out-of-control rocket from China hit the Indian Ocean near the Maldives on Saturday, causing NASA to criticize China for not meeting “responsible standards.” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement: “Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of […]

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Are we there yet? A journey to more clearly see the changing planet

Are we there yet? A journey to more clearly see the changing planet

By Nancy Colleton and Anne Hale Miglarese We’ve all been there. Either as a child, in the back of your parents’ car, probably squashed between two obnoxious siblings or, as a parent of a restless toddler, 15 minutes into a four-hour road trip, the question always arises, “Are we there yet?” Those of us in […]

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Space Tourism — the Final Commercial Frontier — Blasts Off This Summer click button

Space Tourism — the Final Commercial Frontier — Blasts Off This Summer

Jeff Bezos’ commercial space venture, Blue Origin, plans to launch its first crewed ship to space on July 20, aboard its suborbital space tourism rocket, New Shepard. The company announced on Wednesday that one seat aboard that flight will be auctioned off to support its Club for the Future Foundation

Why this Matters:  After much anticipation, space tourism is finally happening.  Really. 

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One Space Thing: NASA’s Big Week click button

One Space Thing: NASA’s Big Week

Last week was so busy with what was happening on Earth, there was hardly time to talk about what happened in space.  To start the week, NASA launched a helicopter (named Ingenuity) on Mars — it did not just roll like the Perserverence rover — it flew and that was an amazing first that would […]

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