Space should be protected for the good of all: Kamala Harris

Space remains a place of undiscovered and unrealized opportunities, and it is our responsibility to work together to guide humanity to these new frontiers and realize the incredible potential of space for all,” US Vice President Kamala Harris said at a NASA event.

She was speaking at the National Space Council meeting held Friday at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“Space can and should be protected for the benefit of all. We still don’t know a lot and a lot that we haven’t done yet,” Harris said.

The vice president also highlighted the important research being conducted on the International Space Station that will enable extended stays on the Moon and future human missions to Mars, as well as the benefits of life here on Earth.

For more than 50 years, NASA satellites have provided open-source and publicly available data about land, water, temperature, weather and climate.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the new Earth Information Center will allow the public to see how the Earth is changing and guide decision makers in mitigating, adapting and responding to climate change.

“Just as we use Mission Control to monitor operations during spaceflight, we are launching this effort to monitor conditions here on our home planet, and it will be available to everyone in an accessible format,” Nelson noted.

Planning for the Earth Information Center is underway with the initial phase providing an interactive visual display of images and data from NASA and other government agencies.

NASA Headquarters plans to host this initial interactive display with the goal of expanding personal and virtual access over the next five years.

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Space station research shows that the benefits of microgravity go beyond discovery. We are also developing new technologies that improve life on Earth, such as cancer treatments.

Regarding the Artemis I mission, NASA has announced that it is considering two dates, September 23 or September 27, to attempt to launch the lunar mission.

On September 3, NASA attempted to launch Artemis I for the second time. However, it was canceled after a liquid hydrogen leak was discovered.

The team was trying to fix a fuel leak problem in the rocket, called the Space Launch System, or SLS.

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