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Former NASA Deputy Administrator Garver Argues Agency Should Focus On Climate Change

Jan 13, 2020, 09:56 AM by Lawrence Garrett
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Former NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver speaks at the AIAA SciTech Forum in Orlando, Fla. | Credit: Ross Skeegan

Aerospace America reported that during the AIAA SciTech Forum, Earthrise Alliance CEO Lori Garver argued that “climate change should be [NASA’s] top priority.” Garver said that “NASA’s Earth science satellites and scientists do not exist just ‘to show you a pretty picture,’” but instead should be used to “maintain the integrity of the Earth’s atmosphere.” While Garver “is not proposing that NASA end its human spaceflight initiatives,” she believes that “space exploration cannot return NASA to its heyday.” Garver’s primary proposal is that NASA “double spending on Earth science, including the satellites that train cameras and spectrometers on the planet’s atmosphere, oceans and land.”
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