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Bolden says he’s concerned about NASA’s climate programs

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Credit: SpaceNews

Former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says he’s concerned about the future of NASA’s climate programs.

In an interview, Bolden said he was worried the Trump administration “seems to be curtailing the availability of valuable data to decision makers” in the areas of climate and other environmental research.

“That’s what I think is threatened if we’re not careful with the policies of the new administration,” he said.

Bolden added he thought that NASA’s exploration programs, including SLS and Orion, “won’t be bothered” by the administration. [New Orleans Times-Picayune]


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