Speaking of "Polarization". . . .
O. K. I am the FIRST to admit that the idea of space exploration fascinates me! Ask Spacenurse! She also holds a deep fascination with space ventures too!
I really do not have a problem with have long-term goals to study the Moon and Mars and Saturn and Beyond! But NOT at the expense of studying the one planet that sustains us as we live and breath this very moment!
The following is a 4/29/2005 New York Times article that briefly talks about this issue. I must say that I am impressed by New York Representative Sherwood Boehlert's comment. (By the way, check out Boehlert's Party Affiliation! There IS hope. . . .) Maybe cuts in "Earth Exploration" will NOT take place?!?!? Most certainly cuts SHOULD NOT take place.
So. . . How cold or how warm are the North and South Poles getting?? We really do need to know the answer to this and many other similiar question. Such information is ultimately beneficial to you, me and everyone else on this dear planet we call "Earth".
FYI - I like goose down coats. . . .
House Panel Examines Cuts in NASA Earth Studies
By The New York Times
Published: April 29, 2005
WASHINGTON, April 28 - NASA's new quest to explore the Moon and Mars appears to be coming at the expense of studying a world closer at hand, scientists and lawmakers said Thursday.
At a hearing of the House Science Committee, scientists and members of Congress said they were alarmed by recent cuts and delays in the Earth science program as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shifted its focus to President Bush's ambitious plan to send astronauts back to the Moon and later to Mars.
Representative Sherwood Boehlert, Republican of New York, who is chairman of the committee, said he was disturbed by NASA officials' statements that the agency's Earth studies were significant because they improved the ability to study other planets.
"This is precisely backward," Mr. Boehlert said. "The planet that has to matter the most to us is the one we live on."
The hearing focused on a report released Wednesday by an expert panel of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences that concluded that recent and planned cuts in financing were crippling NASA's Earth-monitoring program. Under the program, satellites study a broad range of things, including short-term weather phenomena like hurricanes and monsoon rains, and longer-term issues like global warming and the amount of radiation Earth absorbs from space.
Apr 29, '05
Those are very good questions, Roy. Unfortunately if funding continues to be cut for our national programs to help research such important questions, we will not know the answer in a timely matter.
Still. . . there remains that annoying hole in the ozone layer in the South Pole. There's also a thinning layer over Australia as well (at least there used to be). These are two very significant regions that should not have a thinning ozone layer. In fact, I would not want any region of the world to have a thinning (or absent) layer of ozone. Among many other useful and protective purposes, this layer situated high in our atmosphere protects us from the Sun which without it can cause significant damage to. . . . us.
And this is just ONE aspect of our planet that needs our attention and research. There's many, many more as well. The effects of the ocean currents on our weather systems is another issue that continue to need study.
Last edit by Ted on Apr 29, '05