Greenland ice sheet.The study indicated glaciers could dramatically affectglobal ocean currents, marine life, terrestrialproductivity, and the ocean food chain. NASA airborneand spaceborne observations are helping to improveprediction of hurricane tracks and to increase warningtime. NASA is using data to improve our knowledge of how clouds insulate the Earth and reflect heat in andout of our atmosphere. NASA continues to developcutting-edge technologies that will increase ourweather forecasting capability from the current three-to-five-day accuracy level up to a seven-to-ten-daylevel within this decade.BETTER LIVING THROUGH SPACE AGE TECHNOLOGYNASA scientists helped develop several potentially lifesaving devices. The Child Presence Sensor usesprecision materials and electronics to alert parentswhen a child, seated in an automobile infant or boosterseat, is left in the vehicle. Other technology wasadapted to create a portable, non-invasive fetal heartmonitor. NASA researchers demonstrated a prototypedevice to automatically and continuously monitor theair for the presence of bacterial spores. The device,about the size of a home smoke detector, may be used todetect biohazards, such as anthrax. A new high-strengthaluminum-silicon alloy promises to lower engineemissions, which will improve air quality.INTEGRATED SPACE TRANSPORTATION PLAN (ISTP)NASA launched a new and historic ISTP dramaticallychanging the way the agency does business. Usingexisting funds, NASA revised the ISTP to match its newmanagement philosophy. The new ISTP restructures andimproves the existing Space Launch Initiative. It willbenefit the International Space Station, Space Shuttle,Orbital Space Plane Program, NASA's science andresearch objectives.INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARYThe International Space Station, the largest and mostsophisticated spacecraft ever built, celebrated asecond year of continuous human habitation. During2002, the Space Shuttle fleet turned 21 andsuccessfully flew five missions, four to supportStation expansion and one unique mission to upgrade theHubble Space Telescope (HST). Astronaut John B.Herrington, on the Shuttle Endeavour (STS-113), becamethe first Native American to walk in space.