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Support for the work of the Space Studies Board and its committees was provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracts NNH10CC48B and NNH11CD57B; by National Science Foundation grants AGS-1050550, AST-1215008, and AGS-1245566; U.S. Air Force grant UAF13-0063; and by U.S. Geological Survey grant G11AP20217.

Cover: The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13) captured this natural-color image of Hurricane Sandy at 1:45 p.m. on October 28, 2012. NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon with data courtesy of the NASA/NOAA GOES Project Science team. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.

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