Sunday, June 6, 2010

NASA MOON PROGRAM CANCELED - First (NASA) Arctic Oceanographic Voyage in Hopes of New Funding

20100615 Update:

Arctic Expedition Launches from Dutch Harbor, Alaska

The small, remote town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the last stop in civilization for a team of NASA-funded scientists, who will be leaving June 15, 2010, from the harbor on Unalaska Island for a five-week research cruise into the Arctic.
Along with 85 Coast Guard crew members, a team of 43 scientists will head north aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the United States’ newest icebreaker, to study how climate change is affecting the ecology of the Arctic.
This natural-color image from the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite shows the island, which is part of the Aleutian Island chain that separates the North Pacific Ocean from the Bering Sea, on July 29, 2006. The town of Dutch Harbor is split between two peninsulas; a northern part that is south of the airport, and a southern part, which is connected to its neighbor by a bridge. The wakes of several ships are visible in the surrounding waters.
To follow the expedition in coming weeks, please visit NASA’s ICESCAPE blog

Bon voyage Healy!

Whitehouse says "NO" to Moon Program - NASA grieves over canceled program - NASA now on a sinking ship... grabs USCG life ring Voyage.

Administrator says end of moon program is like ‘death in the family’

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden pauses during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday.

NASA and President Barack Obama's administration expect to spend months working out the specifics for their new plan for U.S. space exploration, even as some within the space agency mourn the loss of its current effort to send astronauts back to the moon.

President Obama's 2011 budget request for NASA cut the agency's Constellation program completely, effectively canceling a five-year, $9 billion effort to build new Orion spacecraft and Ares rockets.
The new space vehicles were slated to replace NASA's three aging space shuttles (due to retire this year) and launch astronauts into orbit and on to the moon.
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Now that NASA has lost it's Moon Program funding they are grabbing like a bunch of sailors on a sinking ship for anything in sight to keep afloat as a Government Agency... but claiming to make the FIRST (NASA?) ARCTIC OCEANOGRAPHIC VOYAGE (on the USCG ICEBREAKER 'HEALY') is stretching Arctic history a mile... while space science and Arctic science (aka under the auspicious of  "climate change" and NASA ozone data fakery claims) are all intertwined it is obvious that NASA is flexing Agency muscle to lay claim to anything with approved funding to keep their cumulative heads above water while lack of Government Space funding sinks their Space Exploration flagship.
Mr.President - what in heavens name are you thinking? NASA is a NATIONAL ASSET (brains and technology). I believe you have just placed yourself aboard a sinking ship too. Strike number two. Change is coming...
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WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 8 to preview the agency's first dedicated oceanographic research voyage. During the mission, scientists will study changing Arctic climate and ice conditions affecting ocean ecosystems.
The "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistryof the Arctic Pacific Environment" mission, or ICESCAPE, will investigate how climate change in the Arctic may be altering the ocean's ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. The voyage will collect critical observations to compare to NASA's satellite views of ocean biology and sea ice. The data will improve scientists' understanding of this key component of Earth's climate system.

The five-week voyage begins June 15, departing from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy. The ship will sail through the Bering Strait into the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off the northern coast of Alaska. More than 40 scientists will use an array of instruments to sample the physical and chemicalcharacteristics of the ocean and sea ice, as well as the biological characteristics of the microscopic plant and animal life that regulate the flow of carbon into and out of the sea. A second voyage is planned for 2011.
The teleconference participants are:
-     Paula Bontempi, ocean biology and biogeochemistry program manager, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-     Kevin Arrigo, ICESCAPE chief scientist, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
-     Don Perovich, ICESCAPE co-chief scientist, U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, N.H.
To participate in the teleconference, reporters must contact Steve Cole at 202-358-0918 or for dial-in instructions. Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's Web site at:
For more information on ICESCAPE, visit:

Date: 8 June 2010

Location: Washington, DC, US

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