It has now been several months
since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA
) formally requested that NASA
transfer to them all DSVOVR
assets – including of course the spacecraft itself.
The response from NASA? Nothing. Nada. Zippo.
Incredibly, NASA has so far completely ignored colleagues from another US government agency that want to make use of a $100 million spacecraft that NASA themselves stated last year they have no intention of launching.
For those new to this Desmog Blog investigative series,
the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR
)is a fully completed spacecraft, that if launched, would almost immediately lay to rest any remaining legitimate debate regarding the origins of global climate change.
Strangely, this critical piece of climate science hardware has instead been sitting in a box at the Goddard Space Center for the last seven years. Last year, NASA canceled the mission altogether, citing “competing priorities”.
It seems that NOAA is so frustrated with the lack of will on the part of NASA to launch DSCOVR that they have sourced private funding to launch and operate DSCOVR themselves.
Besides ending any remaining honest debate about the most bitterly opposed scientific theory since evolution, DSCOVR would also help predict solar storms, protecting satellites worth billions of dollars from solar flares.
But I’m sure NASA is just busy.
Perhaps those in the know in Washington should be asking NASA bigwigs some hard questions about why they have chosen to ignore a formal request from another government agency.
Perhaps it might also be a reasonable that, since NASA was given $100 million in taxpayers dollars for
something they did not do, and now will not let others do, they should take a $100 million haircut in their next budget request.
Just a thought…
Next week: the real reason DSCOVR is being held prisoner.