It should probably not be a surprise that those missions are all climate science missions. It is a fine example of the bury your head in the sand approach to science.
(Side note: Ostriches don’t really bury their heads in the sand to hide from predators. They run like hell instead. And they are big and mean, so small predators aren’t that much of an issue. The head-burying myth got started because they dig holes in the sand to lay their eggs.)