Rep. Fattah Lauds NOAA, NASA on Weather Satellite Launch and Cites Their Critical Role in Environmental Monitoring from Space
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, which handles appropriations for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA and most federal research, issues the following statement upon today’s successful launch of the new polar-orbiting weather satellite.
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“Yes, we can do something about the weather – we can track weather systems accurately and issue timely, appropriate warnings about bad things to come. NOAA performs that work brilliantly, and today’s successful launch of its latest environmental monitoring satellite is proof positive of the agency’s critical role.
“NOAA has launched a NASA Earth-observing satellite that will collect more detailed information about Earth’s atmosphere, land and oceans. Our climate is changing and producing weather that is turning more extreme. It is important to provide the federal resources needed by these two agencies to generate the data we need to face these challenges .
“As a senior appropriator for our space, research and science initiatives, I will be working to keep those vital federal resources in the pipeline. The new satellite will serve as a bridge to the Joint Polar Satellite System, the next generation of advanced spacecraft that will replace current technology. JPSS deserves full Congressional support.
“Administrators Dr. Jane Lubchenco of NOAA and Charles Bolden of NASA are to be congratulated upon today’s launch. Their agencies are part of our nation’s next great era of space exploration and exploitation. Today we can appreciate the degree and value of their collaboration.”
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah