At a time when NASA earth scientists are concerned their research may be scuttled by the incoming Trump administration, the space agency’s top science official is preaching pragmatism and unity. Credit: NASA
Planet Labs Doves ISS
NASA once again plans to track carbon dioxide from the ISS using an instrument left over from the campaign to build the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, shown above entering a thermal vacuum chamber at Orbital ATK's Gilbert, Arizona, spacecraft factory prior to the satellite's 2014 launch.  Credit: NASA
Indian Ocean Junction
Rep. Brian Babin urged NASA to look into buying more Earth imagery from commercial sources. Credit: House Science Committee video
The International Space Station Credit: NASA
The Flex mission will map global vegetation fluorescence to measure plant-stored carbon. This image, captured by an airborne sensor called Hyplant to support Flex, shows fluorescence from different types of vegetation. The highest fluorescence values (bright yellow-green) were found in sugar beet. Credit: U. Rascher, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Caption: The international space station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation in 2008.

Credit: NASA photo
Jason-3, shown here entering thermal vacuum tests, is ready to head to Vandenberg after Thales Alenia Space determined that its contaminated thruster was nothing to worry about. Credit: Thales Alenia Space
NOAA Oceanographer Richard Stumpf

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