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dharma
11-01-2008, 01:07 AM
Weird. Anyone have any ideas (please go light on the "we can't handle the truth" tinfoil stuff, please)?

29 Oct 08

Here is the latest twist in the bizarre story about the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Apparently, the US Air Force is in discussions with NASA to take over the mission, with one important catch: that all the Earth observing instruments be removed.

It seems the Air Force is more interested in looking at the Sun than our warming planet and plans are being made to send the spacecraft one million miles distant – only to look the other way.

DSCOVR is unique experiment that would place a spacecraft at a gravitational parking spot one million miles away where it could continuously observe the Earth as it circles the sun.

This unique vantage point would allow us for the first time to directly measure the energy budget of our warming planet. This spacecraft would also immediately lay to rest any remaining scientific questions about the origins or seriousness of climate change. Strangely, this fully completed spacecraft remains in a box somewhere in Maryland, eight years and $100 million after it was built.

DeSmog Blog has written a series of investigative articles on the status of this strange mission. NASA has repeatedly refused to release any internal documents relating the status of DSCOVR or why the space agency refuses to launch it, even when requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

This spring, Congress submitted a bill that included a clause requiring NASA to explain to the taxpayer within 180 days why this mission remains in storage and what it plans to do with it. The bill was signed into law last week by president Bush, meaning NASA must present their plan regarding DSCOVR by April 13, 2009.

Assuming that there are senior scientists within NASA that are threatened by the novel methodology of the DSCOVR experiment, or well placed oil interests that want to keep the so-called climate debate going, this legally mandated deadline presents a problem. What to do?

The latest bizarre development with the Air Force would perversely get NASA off the hook. The spacecraft would be launched, NASA would met the strict legal requirements of resolving the mission, yet DSCOVR would return no data for which it was designed. Problem solved.

This latest twist is entirely consistent with the eight years of foot-dragging and obfuscation from the leadership of NASA. For those of us with a growing suspicion about why DSCOVR remains in a box, we can only wonder how all of this will play out.

In the meantime, I will be publishing some new and disturbing internal documents about the DSCOVR mission in the next week. If anyone out there has any additional documents or insights they would like to share in confidence, please contact me directly at manderson@kwik.net.

http://www.desmogblog.com/dscovr-mission-to-be-gutted

caonacl
11-01-2008, 07:51 AM
It seems the Air Force is more interested in looking at the Sun than our warming planet and plans are being made to send the spacecraft one million miles distant – only to look the other way.

sounds like a cover-up to me

see last few posts in thread

http://curevents.org/showthread.php?p=40158#post40158

also view

http://www.blinkx.com/video/strange-...9lfNxRopqtU6QQ (http://www.blinkx.com/video/strange-object-found-on-greenland/mRlqHDuE9lfNxRopqtU6QQ)

Fiddlerdave
11-01-2008, 02:48 PM
This unique vantage point would allow us for the first time to directly measure the energy budget of our warming planet. This spacecraft would also immediately lay to rest any remaining scientific questions about the origins or seriousness of climate change. An absurd statement on the face of it, made only as a convenience for their absurd premise.

Potemkin
11-01-2008, 03:03 PM
Why the mission is being held is easily resolved.

NASA shares the costs with several government agencies when ever they can, usually the intelligence gathering ones.

As such, most of these missions are dual use.

Ocean survey is shared with the Navy. (Research to look for underwater subs.)

Atmospheric study is shared with Navy and Air Force. (Anyone remember "White Cloud")

Ground observation is shared with CIA, NRO, and the military.

Look at the mission profile for this mission and guess what intelligence or military applications it will have. Remember this satellite will be parked at Lagrange-1. http://cloud.ucsd.edu/dscovr/mission_summary.html

This mission is run out of NASA Langley Research Center. What other organization is near Langley Virginia?

The cost of a mission is a lot more than just building the satellite. There is also launch and mission costs. My guess that the military organization pulled its promised funding because it was funding a second program that got off the ground first.

NASA just doesn't have the money for this mission in their budget to run it themselves.

Fiddlerdave
11-01-2008, 07:33 PM
NASA just doesn't have the money for this mission in their budget to run it themselves. This articles premise is that forces who don't want GW to be instantly shown to be a fraud, which this satellite would supposedly do (NOT), are blocking its use for earth observation.

The whole idea is nutty, start to finish, it doesn't matter who is "really" paying for it.:tin:

dharma
11-02-2008, 01:02 AM
This articles premise is that forces who don't want GW to be instantly shown to be a fraud, which this satellite would supposedly do (NOT), are blocking its use for earth observation.
Read more carefully. The article strongly implies the exact opposite.

Fiddlerdave
11-02-2008, 05:11 AM
Read more carefully. The article strongly implies the exact opposite.I read fine.

I left the "forces" a bit general to include ANY of the shadowy forces du jour these tin hat conspiracy nuts care to infer will prevent someone looking back at the planet.

DeSomog Blog in general to seems to draw no lines against whatever idiotic thought someone may wish to assert as science or conspiracy against their fruit loop ideas of how their couple of trained seal "scientists" have last said we are going to freeze, or live well because a warming earth makes us all fat and rich and whatever else they care to spin.

Its interesting to note how little they link to anyone, including NASA. I guess we should just trust them. And ignore the obvious likelyhood that if there is any truth to this at all, its probably that SOMETHING might have to come off the satellite to fit the Air Force stuff ONTO the satellite so NASA can get the extra money.

But none of it is true as far as looking back at the planet is going to IMMEDIATELY lay ANYTHING to rest. For that, it would need to be a past and future time machine, definitely too bulky to fit! :re: