$518 Million Down the Drain: Weather Satellite Will Never Launch

This image was compiled using data gathered by NASA's Aqua satellite on Sept. 3, 2010. Credit: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio.

This image was compiled using data gathered by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Sept. 3, 2010. Photo: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio.

Although NOAA added new weather reporting capabilities with the launch of Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS 1) over the weekend, scientists have expressed dismay at the aging infrastructure monitoring climate change at the poles. Will the private industry have to step in to avoid a blind spot in important weather data collection?

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