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Erica Hupp/Dolores Beasley
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1237/1753)

June 7, 2005
NASA Funds Projects to Extend Earth Science Research
NASA's Science Mission Directorate has selected 23 projects that will harness Earth science data to improve decision-making processes. NASA will contribute approximately $22 million over the three-year life of these projects with national organizations that include water management, public health, air quality, ecosystem stewardship and disaster management.

"These projects were chosen for their leadership in the use of Earth science observation and model predictions," said NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Dr. Ghassem Asrar. "Also a key factor in the selection process was the initiative shown in putting together partnerships with public, private and academic organizations," he added.

Peer panels and NASA program managers reviewed 172 proposals for their merit, cost, and relevance to NASA goals, objectives and cost. The principal investigators from the 23 projects come from: Alabama, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Dakota, Virginia and Washington. The projects include participants from 22 states and more than 59 organizations.

For a listing of the projects on the Internet, visit:

For information about NASA's Science Mission Directorate on the Internet, visit:


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