"Five NASA Earth science missions will fly into space this year, with two of them headed for the International Space Station. NASA says the new missions will open more technically advanced remote eyes to monitor the changing planet."
"Two of the 2014 Earth science missions will be sent to the International Space Station to measure ocean winds, clouds, and aerosols, marking NASA’s first use of the orbiting laboratory as a 24/7 Earth-observing platform. The new instruments are the first of a series that will observe Earth routinely from the Space Station.
'As NASA prepares for future missions to an asteroid and Mars, we’re focused on Earth right now,' said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. 'With five new missions set to launch in 2014, this really is shaping up to be the year of the Earth, and this focus on our home planet will make a significant difference in people’s lives around the world.'"