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2008. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. 1 Earth’s oceans, land surface, cryosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere form a complex coupled system whose interactions provide a unique habitable environment. SOURCE: Courtesy of NASA. protection of Earth and its inhabitants through the use of space research and technology. By achieving this goal, the United States and its international partners will • Establish a comprehensive satellite Earth observation system, and the links to ground-based observing and information networks, that provide The data necessary to understand Earth’s changing climate and to predict its regional consequences, Reliable predictions of weather throughout the world, and Comprehensive satellite observations of society’s use of Earth and of the natural phenomena that can affect our environment; Copyright © National Academy of Sciences.

While climate change is one of the most important global environmental problems facing the world today, other aspects of Earth stewardship also demand attention. They include improving weather forecasts; developing new tools for monitoring and managing Earth’s water and land resources; and gathering information to quantify and mitigate risks from solar disturbances in space and collisions from asteroids or comets. S. , 2008. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. 1 Earth’s oceans, land surface, cryosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere form a complex coupled system whose interactions provide a unique habitable environment.

China has thus joined the United States and Russia in demonstrating human spaceflight capability; India has announced Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. America's Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs 28 AMERICA’S FUTURE IN SPACE aspirations to conduct human spaceflight; and many nations are participating in established human spaceflight programs through the provision of hardware and astronauts. If the United States seeks to maintain its international leadership in this global environmentwhere the technologically capable nations of the world are participating in or aspiring to human spaceflightthen the United States must be in the forefront of human spaceflight activities and, as a result, in the governance and economic exploitation of outer space.

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