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View Diary: Al Gore's Satellite to be Launched by SpaceX (Finally!) (10 comments)

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  •  Let me quote Wikipedia ..... (5+ / 0-)
    Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) (formerly known as Triana, unofficially known as GoreSat) is a NASA satellite proposed in 1998 by then-Vice President Al Gore for the purpose of Earth observation. It is intended to be positioned at the Earth's L1 Lagrangian point, at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers. At this location it will have a continuous view of the sunlit side of the Earth.

    The satellite's original purpose was to provide a near-continuous view of the entire Earth and make that live image available via the Internet. Gore hoped not only to advance science with these images, but also to raise awareness of the Earth itself, updating the influential The Blue Marble photograph taken by Apollo 17.

    In addition to an imaging camera, a radiometer would take the first direct measurements of how much sunlight is reflected and emitted from the whole Earth (albedo). This data could constitute a barometer for the process of global warming. The scientific goals expanded to measure the amount of solar energy reaching Earth, cloud patterns, weather systems, monitor the health of Earth's vegetation, and track the amount of UV light reaching the surface through the ozone layer.

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    by Explorer8939 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:28:20 PM PST

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    •  Good old Wikipedia... (3+ / 0-)
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      I read about this at the time Gore was proposing this project and NASA was building it. Gore knew that there is a sort of "sweet spot" between the gravitational pulls of the sun and the earth that would allow this satellite to sit without falling into the pull of either body. And, yes, the goal of it was to observe that "non-existent" condition called "global warming".  So thanks to the non-science "thinking" of the neanderthals that followed Bush into power, we lost a lot of precious time in monitoring the enevitable realities of global weather/sea level changes.

    •  thanks for that explanation (0+ / 0-)

      so, has Triana been converted to military use?  Will it still be able to perform the above functions?

      It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. ~~Joseph Stalin

      by SeaTurtle on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:43:48 AM PST

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