50 Astronauts, Scientists Slam NASA on Man-made Climate Change

Man-Made Climate Change a Dogma, scientist say.

Here’s the letter:

March 28, 2012
The Honorable Charles Bolden, Jr.
NASA Administrator
NASA Headquarters
Washington, D.C. 20546-0001

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.

The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.

As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers is inappropriate. We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject. At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA’s current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.

For additional information regarding the science behind our concern, we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham, or others they can recommend to you.

Thank you for considering this request.


(Attached signatures)

CC: Mr. John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for Science
CC: Ass Mr. Chris Scolese, Director, Goddard Space Flight Center

Ref: Letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, dated 3-26-12, regarding a request for NASA to refrain from making unsubstantiated claims that human produced CO2 is having a catastrophic impact on climate change.

1. /s/ Jack Barneburg, Jack – JSC, Space Shuttle Structures, Engineering Directorate, 34 years
2. /s/ Larry Bell – JSC, Mgr. Crew Systems Div., Engineering Directorate, 32 years
3. /s/ Dr. Donald Bogard – JSC, Principal Investigator, Science Directorate, 41 years
4. /s/ Jerry C. Bostick – JSC, Principal Investigator, Science Directorate, 23 years
5. /s/ Dr. Phillip K. Chapman – JSC, Scientist – astronaut, 5 years
6. /s/ Michael F. Collins, JSC, Chief, Flight Design and Dynamics Division, MOD, 41 years
7. /s/ Dr. Kenneth Cox – JSC, Chief Flight Dynamics Div., Engr. Directorate, 40 years
8. /s/ Walter Cunningham – JSC, Astronaut, Apollo 7, 8 years
9. /s/ Dr. Donald M. Curry – JSC, Mgr. Shuttle Leading Edge, Thermal Protection Sys., Engr. Dir., 44 years
10. /s/ Leroy Day – Hdq. Deputy Director, Space Shuttle Program, 19 years
11. /s/ Dr. Henry P. Decell, Jr. – JSC, Chief, Theory & Analysis Office, 5 years
12. /s/Charles F. Deiterich – JSC, Mgr., Flight Operations Integration, MOD, 30 years
13. /s/ Dr. Harold Doiron – JSC, Chairman, Shuttle Pogo Prevention Panel, 16 years
14. /s/ Charles Duke – JSC, Astronaut, Apollo 16, 10 years
15. /s/ Anita Gale
16. /s/ Grace Germany – JSC, Program Analyst, 35 years
17. /s/ Ed Gibson – JSC, Astronaut Skylab 4, 14 years
18. /s/ Richard Gordon – JSC, Astronaut, Gemini Xi, Apollo 12, 9 years
19. /s/ Gerald C. Griffin – JSC, Apollo Flight Director, and Director of Johnson Space Center, 22 years
20. /s/ Thomas M. Grubbs – JSC, Chief, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Branch, 31 years
21. /s/ Thomas J. Harmon
22. /s/ David W. Heath – JSC, Reentry Specialist, MOD, 30 years
23. /s/ Miguel A. Hernandez, Jr. – JSC, Flight crew training and operations, 3 years
24. /s/ James R. Roundtree – JSC Branch Chief, 26 years
25. /s/ Enoch Jones – JSC, Mgr. SE&I, Shuttle Program Office, 26 years
26. /s/ Dr. Joseph Kerwin – JSC, Astronaut, Skylab 2, Director of Space and Life Sciences, 22 years
27. /s/ Jack Knight – JSC, Chief, Advanced Operations and Development Division, MOD, 40 years
28. /s/ Dr. Christopher C. Kraft – JSC, Apollo Flight Director and Director of Johnson Space Center, 24 years
29. /s/ Paul C. Kramer – JSC, Ass.t for Planning Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Div., Egr. Dir., 34 years
30. /s/ Alex (Skip) Larsen
31. /s/ Dr. Lubert Leger – JSC, Ass’t. Chief Materials Division, Engr. Directorate, 30 years
32. /s/ Dr. Humbolt C. Mandell – JSC, Mgr. Shuttle Program Control and Advance Programs, 40 years
33. /s/ Donald K. McCutchen – JSC, Project Engineer – Space Shuttle and ISS Program Offices, 33 years
34. /s/ Thomas L. (Tom) Moser – Hdq. Dep. Assoc. Admin. & Director, Space Station Program, 28 years
35. /s/ Dr. George Mueller – Hdq., Assoc. Adm., Office of Space Flight, 6 years
36. /s/ Tom Ohesorge
37. /s/ James Peacock – JSC, Apollo and Shuttle Program Office, 21 years
38. /s/ Richard McFarland – JSC, Mgr. Motion Simulators, 28 years
39. /s/ Joseph E. Rogers – JSC, Chief, Structures and Dynamics Branch, Engr. Directorate, 40 years
40. /s/ Bernard J. Rosenbaum – JSC, Chief Engineer, Propulsion and Power Division, Engr. Dir., 48 years
41. /s/ Dr. Harrison (Jack) Schmitt – JSC, Astronaut Apollo 17, 10 years
42. /s/ Gerard C. Shows – JSC, Asst. Manager, Quality Assurance, 30 years
43. /s/ Kenneth Suit – JSC, Ass’t Mgr., Systems Integration, Space Shuttle, 37 years
44. /s/ Robert F. Thompson – JSC, Program Manager, Space Shuttle, 44 years
45. /s/ Frank Van Renesselaer – Hdq., Mgr. Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters, 15 years
46. /s/ Dr. James Visentine – JSC Materials Branch, Engineering Directorate, 30 years
47. /s/ Manfred (Dutch) von Ehrenfried – JSC, Flight Controller; Mercury, Gemini & Apollo, MOD, 10 years
48. /s/ George Weisskopf – JSC, Avionics Systems Division, Engineering Dir., 40 years
49. /s/ Al Worden – JSC, Astronaut, Apollo 15, 9 years
50. /s/ Thomas (Tom) Wysmuller – JSC, Meteorologist, 5 years

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24 Responses to 50 Astronauts, Scientists Slam NASA on Man-made Climate Change

  1. Kat Donnelly says:

    If we wait until these NASA scientists are “settled” on the science to do something about Climate Change, our over reliance on fossil fuels, and the fact that we are over burdening the planet’s resources, they will all be dead and their children and grandchildren will be left to pay the consequences.

    I believe it is a mistake to continue to focus on the issue of “Climate Change” as a way to catalyze change. It is a concept that is wrought with emotion for so many people. This emotional investment by people means they can’t listen to evidence that goes against their beliefs (a nugget from brain and cognitive science, but perhaps they don’t think that science is “settled” either). But, think about when you believe passionately about something. How easy is it for someone to change your mind to the other side?

    Instead, what about focusing on the damage that we are doing to our economy and our country’s security by over relying on fossil fuels? (Can anyone doubt that the Gulf oil spill was an environmental catastrophe?)

    It’s time to wake up and embrace a move into a new era of technology. I can’t imagine how one could work at NASA for 2, 4, or 40 years and not embrace this kind of technological advancement. Or, perhaps we should not have continued to innovate on space vehicles?

    Since I don’t know what I don’t know (and neither do these NASA scientists), I prefer to follow the precautionary principle and err on the side of doing something about man made carbon emissions. Either way, we get rid of toxic pollution and by products, as well as rise up as an innovator and leader again which can only be considered win/win, no matter how you look at it. Or, we can continue to waste our brain power arguing against Climate Change and watch while China, India, and others take over as the world’s super powers.

    Interestingly, I only see two women on that list (Anita and Grace). Perhaps the rest of the NASA women care about their children’s and grandchildren’s future well being. I know that I do.

  2. Charles F. Radley says:

    Let us see….. since everybody has the right to call themselves an expert in anything they want, how about we invite a group of climatologists to build the next generation of low cost space launch vehicles.

  3. John Smith says:

    And all that information comes from whom? NASA? James Hansen? Al Gore? Michael Mann, Dr. Pachuari? Oh no, wait, I think I read it on the Bible of the Church of Climate Change. That is the same institution that said there was concensus, right? If I may, I’d like to refer you to real climate science and scientists. Please see below:

    “Caught Green Handed”: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/Monckton-Caught%20Green-Handed%20Climategate%20Scandal.pdf. After, read two articles. 1) Climate Coup: The Science which you can find here: http://jonova.s3.amazonaws.com/guest/evans-david/climate-coup-science.pdf and Climate Coup: The Politics here: http://jonova.s3.amazonaws.com/guest/evans-david/climate-coup-politics.pdf.

    • Gerald Falbel says:

      I would like John Smith to show me where in the Bible there are scientific charts and graphs, computer analyses, atmospheric spectral tranmission measurements, etc. On the other hand, an analysis of the Climate Change deniers’ bank accounts can probably show deposits from energy companies.

      • John Smith says:

        I see you prefer to keep on talking about Bibles rather than science. So, I’ll leave you alone to avoid disturbing you. If you ever want to talk about climate science, with a climate scientists, please let me know. In the meantime, enjoy the gospel according to the false prophets Pachuari, Mann, Gore and Hansen.

  4. Gerald Falbel says:

    The comments from these unscientific “flyboys” combined with the scientific retards such as Senators Imhofe and Santorum and Rep. Bachman flout scientific experiments that can be accomplished in any backyard as is summarized in the following Power Point slide that can also be viewed on my website

    The previous slide shows the unique relationship between a 77°F earth temperature spectral emission curve and the spectral transmission “windows” in the earth atmosphere.
    The 8 – 12 micrometer atmospheric window allows the earth to radiate the heat gained from the sun out to cold space, thus preventing global warming. This can be experimentally proven by placing a thermos bottle with a few oz. of water in its bottom in 120F Arizona, looking at the sky, where the water will freeze.
    By increasing the CO2 content of the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, we reduce the width of this window, and effectively “choke” the windpipe of the earth, not allowing it to “breath out”.
    This exquisite balance of atmospheric gases is now being mucked up (and I could use a more appropriate word) by the bible thumpers of Kansas and other places who drive their 8 mpg. Hummers and zero-to-sixty-in-four-seconds muscle cars, causing global warming. My statement to these bible thumpers is: “You are mucking up an “Intelligent Design”.

    • Bill Mull says:

      Mr. Falbel resorts to name calling to somehow make his position that much more impactful? This is a very unhappy man.

      • Gerald Falbel says:

        I am indeed “unhappy” that global warming science that 97% of all climate scientists conclude is caused by CO2 insertion in the atmosphere, and which can be proved by my backyard experiment, is denied by those that are scientifically unqualified to make such a judgement.

        • Bill Mull says:

          97%? wow, what about the other 50%? Help me then. Last year Smithsonian did a fascinating article about a (petrified) tropical swamp uncovered in a coal mine near Chicago. Maybe this indicates that this warming has happened before (maybe many times before) man even arrived on earth. Geologists tell us that the earth had a 10% carbon dioxide atmosphere millions of years before man. How did earth recover?

          • Gerald Falbel says:

            I suggest a course in Geology 101, which shows that 65 million years ago the earth was struck with an asteroid which killed the dinosaurs, cooled it down, and brought the CO2 down. Maybe we have to wait for another asteroid to solve the current man-made CO2 increase.

  5. Icarusfactor Daniel Yount says:

    9000 million metric tons of carbon where emitted into the atmosphere not by natural means in 2010. Carbon is an excellent heat sink and distributed in that quantity even more so by creating more surface area adding to this the sunlight, which provides the heat for the heat sink. Traps this heat in the atmosphere and not in the ground or reflected back out. When you have a hotter atmosphere you trigger thresholds for severe weather to take place, not counting issue with the Arctic melt.

    • Richard Stone says:

      Excellent statement concerning Carbon and what it is doing.

  6. Richard Stone says:

    I would say just look at the Earth the way it is today and know there are many changes going on and we are not taking care of MOTHER EARTH!

  7. John Smith says:

    The above comments were not for you MAZ7k23, but for the flat earther who underestimates the knowledge and experience of 50 NASA former and current scientists just because their resume does not say “climate scientist” on it. As fool as he may be, I have assigned him some reading to get himself educated. As for the letter, please contact Blanquita Cullum at 703-307-9510 to obtain a copy of the original letter.

  8. John Smith says:

    If you are hungry for more, please let me know. I will be happy to provide you with more documentation from more climate scientists.

    • maz7k23 says:

      i know about the emails in britain, etc… what i ask is printed digital copy of the letter mentioned in the article, that’s what i need… thanks!

  9. John Smith says:

    If you are asking for document evidence, you have obviously not read the Climategate e-mails. So please start by those. There is enough evidence of corruption there. I would send the PDF to you, but it is too big to be handled as an attachment. It will take you a while to read it all. Any decent search engine will provide you with a link to a PDF copy. Then, read Lord Christopher Monckton’s expose on the lies behind man-made global warming and the real business behind it. It’s called “Caught Green Handed”. Here: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/Monckton-Caught%20Green-Handed%20Climategate%20Scandal.pdf. After, read two articles. 1) Climate Coup: The Science which you can find here: http://jonova.s3.amazonaws.com/guest/evans-david/climate-coup-science.pdf and Climate Coup: The Politics here: http://jonova.s3.amazonaws.com/guest/evans-david/climate-coup-politics.pdf. If this

  10. John Smith says:

    Yeah well, most of the climate scientists are corrupt as you are probably aware of, and for the few that are honest and speak the truth, they are just insulted and called big oil puppets. That is why you have other scientists coming out and supporting those few honest climate scientists, so people who believe Al Gore and James Hansen, cannot say it is only a small minority of kooks who believe climate change occurs naturally.

    • Ed Fladung Sr. says:

      “Yeah well, most of the climate scientists are corrupt as you are probably aware of…”

      Documentation please! It appears that you subscribe to the new right wing standard of truth: “If you can string the words together in a sentence, it’s true”.

  11. Ed Fladung Sr. says:

    I didn’t see any climate scientists on the list. I wonder what astro turf group is behind this?

  12. Carlos Gay Garcia says:

    Why don´t you ask now 50 climate scientists about shuttle mechanics and how to drive or fly a space vehicle.

  13. Liam says:

    “we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham…”

    i.e. we recommend that you contact 80 and 76 year old retired astronauts for their opinions, rather than someone who is actively working in the field of climate science.

  14. maz7k23 says:

    i’d like to get a copy of the original letter in a image format like jpg, thank you!

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