50 Astronauts and scientists tell NASA: Stop global warming advocacy

HOUSTON, TX – April 10, 2012

Leighton Steward’s lectures to ex-NASA scientists at the Space Center in Houston resulted in this joint letter from 50 former NASA scientists and astronauts. Steward found 90 percent of the scientists disagree with the NASA-GISS global warming position, so he suggested they write a letter to NASA.

The signors include seven Apollo astronauts and two former directors of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. They ask the current NASA Administrator to refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks about global warming:

“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 full text of the letter:

March 28, 2012

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

Dear Charlie,

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.

Sincerely,

(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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