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Sea level rise forces US space agency to retreat

Published on May 20, 2014 12:36 PM
 
An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in this handout photo provided by NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 18, 2014. Sea level rise is threatening the majority of Nasa's launch pads and multi-billion dollar complexes famous for training astronauts and launching historic missions to space, scientists said Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Sea level rise is threatening the majority of Nasa's launch pads and multi-billion dollar complexes famous for training astronauts and launching historic missions to space, scientists said Tuesday.

From Cape Canaveral in Florida to mission control in Houston, the US space agency is busily building seawalls where possible and moving some buildings further inland.

Five of seven major Nasa centres are located along the coast. Experts say that proximity to water is a logistical necessity for launching rockets and testing spacecraft.

Many Nasa centres have already faced costly damage from encroaching water, coastal erosion and potent hurricanes, said a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

 
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