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NASA: 95-134

NASA: 95-134

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Greta CreechHeadquarters, Washington, DC August 9, 1995(Phone: 202/358-2343)RELEASE: 95-134NASA AND CONGRESSMAN KENNEDY ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO AIDBAY WITH SPACE AGENCY TECHNOLOGYNASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and CongressmanPatrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) have announced an agreement thatwill enable local businesses to use NASA's remote sensingtechnologies to benefit Narragansett Bay. This program isexpected to have positive impacts on the state's fishery,tourism and high technology economies.The agreement reached by Goldin and Kennedy calls forNASA's satellite remote sensing technology to be used toprovide an integrated view from space of Narragansett Bay andits changes over time.The data provided from the program will be analyzed byBrown University and provided to local businesses to developnew products that are needed to help local industry adapt toenvironmental changes in the Bay. These environmentalchanges have significant impacts on the local fishery andtourism industries, and on the future economic development ofthe area."The NASA of the '90s doesn't just look to the stars,"said Goldin. "We have our sights right here on Earth to findways that we can use our ideas and technologies to help thiscountry grow. I am very excited about the opportunity towork with Congressman Kennedy and Brown University as wecontinue to move this program forward."The idea for the program sprang from a meeting betweenGoldin, Kennedy and Brown faculty in Providence on May 15,1995. Spurred by Kennedy's interest in NASA's Mission toPlanet Earth program and its remote sensing technology,Goldin challenged the Brown faculty to develop a program thatwould enable this technology to benefit Rhode Islandindustry. His goal was to create a program that would allowbusiness, education and state policy makers to work togetherin addressing a local problem."Congressman Kennedy's office and the individuals atBrown who developed this program should be commended fortheir innovation in applying space technologies to RhodeIsland," said Goldin. "And they should also be commended foracting so quickly. I asked that they get back to me in threeto six months, and here we are, in less than three months."The Rhode Island initiative is not the first jointendeavor to apply NASA technology to aid local economicdevelopment. Earlier this year, Goldin traveled toScottsdale, AZ, to unveil a new project to use remote sensingtechnology in helping that community plan its future

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