Earth Day Provides Opportunity to Recognize NASA
Agency’s Earth observation work critical to understanding planet
In recent editorials to newspapers, Jones expressed his heightened appreciation of Earth’s beauty and the importance of protecting the planet given his time spent in space. “Some of NASA’s greatest discoveries occur when it focuses technology homeward. NASA’s spacecraft provide hard data that guide citizens and policy makers toward informed decisions about the environment.”
Jones cited several recent examples of NASA technology hard at work, “This month, sensors on board NASA’s Aqua satellite gave firefighters a top-down view of wildfires burning in
Referencing NASA’s work to protect Earth’s ozone layer as a great example of long-term success, Jones noted, “NASA’s Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer provided space-based images of the ozone hole that sparked concern worldwide and prompted the international treaty known as the Montreal Protocol. Since 1987, more than a hundred countries have agreed to limit chemicals known to deplete the ozone layer, which shields us from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet radiation. The ozone’s full recovery is still decades away, but measurements from NASA’s Aura satellite show levels of the harmful compounds are starting to decline.”
Jones concluded, “Improving our understanding of the environment is another way that investing in space exploration improves our lives on Earth. From the unrivaled vantage point of space, I saw Earth as a haven, our unique oasis in a harsh universe.
For more information on NASA’s Earth observation work and Jones’ complete comments, visit www.spacecoalition.com/earth_day.cfm.
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