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Friday, April 13, 2012

Michael Mann disputes Gavin Schmidt, Mann says NASA has "official stance" on man-caused climate change, Schmidt says not so, cites NASA chief policy

4/11/12, Gavin Schmidt email April 11, 2012 to Ronald Bailey, Reason.com saying NASA and GISS never take 'positions' on scientific matters:
  • and is basically a restatement of the ex-Adminstrator's comments many years ago:
  • What the letter writers are advocating for is for the NASA bureaucracy to limit other scientists' freedom of speech, and that is something that I am surprised that you would support.""

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4/12/12, "Michael Mann told Universe Today in an email....

"Mann added that 49 people out of tens of thousands of former and current NASA employees is just a tiny fraction, and that NASA’s official stance, which represents the full current 16,000 NASA scientists and employees, is clear if you go to their website or look at their official publications: human-caused climate change is real, and it represents a challenge we must confront.”"...

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Gavin Schmidt citation

4/11/12, "Are 49 Former NASA Astronauts, Scientists and Engineers Climate Change Deniers?," Reason.com, Ronald Bailey

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Michael Mann citation

4/12/12, "Letter to NASA is Common Ploy in Climate Change Denial," Universe Today, Nancy Atkinson

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Ed. note: In such a confused place it's no wonder NASA crashed the last 2 'climate' satellites in 2009 and 2011-paid for in full by the US taxpayer-before either could retrieve information scientists said was "desperately" needed about climate and aerosols, information that could only be obtained from space:

3/4/11, "Perhaps that's why the loss hurts most, because Glory "was directed very specifically at the place where our knowledge was weakest", he said."..."A tragedy for climate science."..."an area that desperately needs more study."...Following are excerpts from 2 articles about the mishaps:

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3/4/11, "Raze of Glory: NASA Earth-Observing Climate Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit," Scientific American, John Matson

"A launch malfunction sent the Glory satellite crashing into the ocean,

  • almost exactly mimicking the
  • 2009 loss of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory"
"In the last few years NASA has built and launched two world-class climate satellites, both of which promised invaluable new data on the natural and human influences on Earth's changing climate. Neither of them, however, will ever deliver the data
Both spacecraft, in fact, are at the bottom of the ocean, having succumbed to nearly identical rocket mishaps that prevented them from reaching orbit."...

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3/6/11, "NASA crashes hit geoscience efforts," AFP, News24, Washington

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A pair of costly satellite crashes have dealt a major blow to Nasa's earth science efforts just as the US space agency faces scrutiny from Congress over whether climate science should be part of its focus at all.

The $424m Glory satellite to monitor aerosols and the sun's power plunged into the Pacific on Friday shortly after launch, just two years after a similar satellite to study carbon dioxide in the atmosphere met the same fate.

"The loss of the Glory satellite is a tragedy for climate science," said Bruce Wielicki, senior scientist for earth science at Nasa's Langley Research Centre."...

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Then of course NASA's top secret computer files were hacked and completely compromised 13 times in 2011.

Therefore, no data from NASA can be considered legitimate. NASA is just a place to launch a career as a millionaire "climate celebrity" courtesy of the US taxpayer.

3/2/12, "NASA says it was hacked 13 times last year," Reuters

"NASA said hackers broke into its computer systems 13 times last year, stealing employee credentials and gaining access to mission-critical projects in breaches that could compromise U.S. national security.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration spends only $58 million of its $1.5 billion annual IT budget on cyber security, Paul Martin, the agency's inspector general, told a Congressional panel on NASA security earlier this week.

"Some NASA systems house sensitive information which, if lost or stolen, could result in significant financial loss, adversely affect national security, or significantly impair our nation's competitive technological advantage," Martin said in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, released on Wednesday. (bit.ly/yQFSB8)

He said the agency discovered in November that hackers working through a Chinese-based IP address broke into the network of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

He said they gained full system access, which allowed them to modify, copy, or delete sensitive files, create user accounts for mission-critical JPL systems and upload hacking tools to steal user credentials and compromise other NASA systems. They were also able to modify system logs to conceal their actions, he said.

"Our review disclosed that the intruders had compromised the accounts of the most privileged JPL users, giving the intruders access to most of JPL's networks," he said.

In another attack last year, intruders stole credentials for accessing NASA systems from more than 150 employees.

Martin said the agency has moved too slowly to encrypt or scramble the data on its laptop computers to protect information from falling into the wrong hands.

He said the agency discovered in November that hackers working through a Chinese-based IP address broke into the network of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

He said they gained full system access, which allowed them to modify, copy, or delete sensitive files, create user accounts for mission-critical JPL systems and upload hacking tools to steal user credentials and compromise other NASA systems. They were also able to modify system logs to conceal their actions, he said.

"Our review disclosed that the intruders had compromised the accounts of the most privileged JPL users, giving the intruders access to most of JPL's networks," he said.

In another attack last year, intruders stole credentials for accessing NASA systems from more than 150 employees.

Martin said the agency has moved too slowly to encrypt or scramble the data on its laptop computers to protect information from falling into the wrong hands.

Unencrypted notebook computers that have been lost or stolen include ones containing codes for controlling the International Space Station as well as sensitive data on NASA's Constellation and Orion programs and Social Security numbers, Martin said."




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