Two NASA satellites in as many years have crashed before completing their goal of carrying climate-observing satellites into space. Those were accidents that cost us valuable information. Sometimes we just can’t catch a break.
Less accidental was the canceled launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in 2001, a satellite that would have provided continual pole-to-pole images of a fully sunlit Earth: images that would have been a great aid to climate modeling. DSCOVR was built and now sits in storage. Sometimes we refuse to even take advantage of the breaks we’ve created for ourselves.
Information about DSCOVR from Popular Science
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Interview: Katie Kline, Communications Officer at Ecological Society of America interviewed me via Skype for the ESA’s Ecotone blog. Read and hear it here.