NASA Launches Satellite to Study Global Warming After Revelation of Faked Data

Five years after its previous satellite crashed right after lift off and during the same month that a NASA climate scientist was reported as having faked global warming data, the American space agency is spending nearly $500 million to launch a new satellite into space to monitor the effects of global warming.

In June, it was reported that scientists at NASA and NOAA were seemingly manipulating temperature data to overstate the extent of "global warming" in the 20th century.

As Breitbart News reported on June 23, raw data seems to show that there is little if any evidence of global warming and even some evidence of global cooling. "However, once the data has been adjusted—i.e. fabricated by computer models--20th century 'global warming' suddenly looks much more dramatic."

Now the space agency is readying to launch a new satellite dedicated to monitoring global warming. But it is a replacement for one that went disastrously wrong three years ago, which is itself a replacement for one that went wrong five years ago.

In 2009, NASA tried to launch a similar climate monitoring satellite, but just after lift off, the rocket crashed into the ocean near Antarctica, failing to bring its payload to space. The agency tried again in 2011, but that rocket, too, went down in flames.

This year, NASA will make another attempt with a satellite that is nearly identical to the one that burned up in 2011. The new device is "designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes."

"The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2 for short," the AP reported, "will be able to take an ultra-detailed look at most of the Earth's surface to identify places responsible for producing or absorbing the greenhouse gas."

The study of global warming is deemed an "emergency" by NASA and its associate scientists.

"We don't have time to waste. We need solutions now," said one of the authors of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Elisabeth Holland, a professor of climate change at the University of South Pacific in Fiji.

But after two expensive failures and even as the data that drives climate change science is under attack, NASA officials are exuberant about this new venture.

"We're excited about this opportunity--this opportunity to finally be able to complete some unfinished business," project manager Ralph Basilio said.

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