Date
26 September 2017
A rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Sea level rise is threatening most of NASA's launch pads. Photo: Reuters
A rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Sea level rise is threatening most of NASA's launch pads. Photo: Reuters

Houston, we have a sea level problem

US space agency NASA is shifting its gaze to serious earthly concerns as sea level rise raises risks for most of its launch pads, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday, citing a scientific report. 

Five of NASA’s seven major centers are along the coast and many are threatened by encroaching water, coastal erosion and hurricanes, according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The space agency is building seawalls and moving some buildings inland to avoid costly damage.

“According to NASA’s planning and development office, rising sea levels are the single largest threat to the Kennedy Space Center’s continued operations,” the scientists’ report said.

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