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Gore Pushes Whole Earth Channel

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Science  20 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5358, pp. 1845
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5358.1845

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If Vice President Al Gore has his way, a NASA satellite will soon be beaming back continuous pictures of the whole Earth from 1,600,000 kilometers away to anyone with a television or an Internet connection. The simple idea, announced last week, caught earth scientists by surprise, irritated Republican lawmakers, and sent the space agency scrambling to define the educational and scientific benefits of such a mission.