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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Lawmakers at Odds Over Polar Satellite System Overhaul
30 September 2010 2:38 pm
A section of a bill passed last night by the House of Representatives expresses support for President Barack Obama's plan to restructure the bloated environmental satellite system known as NPOESS into two sister satellite programs run independently by civilian and military officials. That puts NASA's authorizers—who supposedly set policy and lay out how the executive branch can spend money—at odds with Senate appropriators, who earlier this month called for the Defense Weather Satellite System, the new Pentagon program, to be defunded.
I write "supposedly" since often the appropriators, who actually hold the purse strings, can "authorize" programs by funding them, and agencies tend to listen closely to them since they hold power over their budgets. It won't be until the expected mega-spending bill known as the Omnibus passes—some time after the November elections—that the fate of the two programs will be clear.