1. Exquisite Tweets from @vruba

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    Big improvements to our topo detail in Africa: mapbox.com/blog/africa-te… and now South America: mapbox.com/blog/south-ame…

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    Charlie Loyd

    Most of the data is declassified, reprocessed SRTM – a NASA mission that put a big radar boom on the Space Shuttle: airandspace.si.edu/collections/ar…

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    Charlie Loyd

    Which reminds me. There are rumors of cuts to NASA’s budget. I propose an alternative plan: quadruple it, to 2% of federal spending.

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    Charlie Loyd

    Let’s talk for a minute about Earth observation. Stuff like this: 1.usa.gov/1xkz9LP (zoom in! revisit later in the day!)

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    Charlie Loyd

    That’s the homeworld this morning. Our planet, everyone’s heritage, everyone’s future. Tomorrow it’ll be a little different.

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    Charlie Loyd

    When you read news about the climate, de- and reforestation, fires, ocean currents, carbon – about Earth – data like this is behind it.

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    Charlie Loyd

    Nothing can replace that kind of joined-up picture of what our planet is doing, twice a day, in three dozen mostly invisible wavelengths.

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    Charlie Loyd

    That’s what’s at risk when we talk about “streamlining” NASA: not just Mars rovers, but that view of ourselves as a whole.

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    Charlie Loyd

    I want new satellites. I want deeper research. I want more kids getting goosebumps when they see their city from orbit.

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    Charlie Loyd

    NASA matters for many reasons but mainly because we’re Earthlings.

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    Charlie Loyd

    Let’s be blunt. We’re talking about shutting down scientific instruments because they tell us scary things: slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

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