NASA MIS­SION TO PLANET EARTH /1989

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NASA Earth Sci­ence (née Earth Sci­ence En­ter­prise, née Mis­sion to Planet Earth) started off as a 25-year pro­gram to map the in­ter­ac­tions among our pale blue dot’s at­mos­phere, oceans, and life-forms. As cli­mate change rapidly re­shapes the globe, the pro­gram’s or­bit­ing in­stru­ments are more vi­tal than ever. A league of air­borne ob­ser­va­to­ries study ev­ery­thing from flood­wa­ters and weather pat­terns to soil com­po­si­tion and car­bon cy­cling.

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