What Exactly Does NASA Use Its Earth Sciences Money For?
Lawmakers have passed cuts to NASA’s Earth sciences budget, which the agency uses for everything from ice monitoring to whale tracking.By Evan Thomas | August 1, 2015
NASA makes a lot of headlines for the outward exploration it does, and rightly so. But it also spends a lot of time looking at Earth. (Video via NASA)
The pale blue dot is so important to NASA, it gets its own category on the agency website next to those for the International Space Station and NASA’s Mars initiatives.
But earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an annual budget that slashed NASA’s Earth sciences funds by 25 percent.