NASA's trumpeting it today, but how much Earth science do you want your space agency doing?

February 27, 2015 6:32 PM

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NASA is talking proudly on its website today about the five Earth-observing satellites it has launched in the last two years. Agency leaders are pointing to accomplishments like the first global rainfall and snowfall map as examples of what we're now learning about our planet (see video below).

But is this too much Earth science and not enough space science? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says it is, and Cruz is now in a position to do something about it. He's just become the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness subcommittee, and he spoke...

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