DART Mishap Investigation Board report will not be released

NASA Won't Release DART Mission Report, AP

"Saying the information is too sensitive, NASA announced Friday that it will not release its report on the failed docking of two spacecraft in what would have been the first such rendezvous without human intervention."

Editor's note:Uh Alica, NASA did not "announce" anything about DART today. However NASA Watch posted something - yesterday.

Editor's 13 April 5:30 pm EDT note: The following NASA internal email reveals why we haven't heard anything about the DART Mishap Investigation Board's report.

According to the email below: "NASA HQ has determined that the report is "Sensitive, but Unclassified," due to certain ITAR considerations that HQ identified. As I understand it, this effectively means that NASA will only be releasing the report to those US organizations with a "need to know."


From: Russell Carpenter
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 8:49 AM
To: [NASA and USAF personnel]
Cc: Scott Croomes, [DELETED]

[NAMES DELETED]:

Congratulations! We, the team that contributed to the trajectory reconstruction of the DART mishaps, were recently selected to receive the "One NASA" Peer Award. Once I receive the certificates and lanyards, I will be sending them on to you. I want to thank you all once again for doing a lot of challenging work in a very short time.

I know many of you have yet to see the final Mishap Investigation Board report. Unfortunately, despite the MIB's best efforts to write it in such a way as to allow public release, NASA HQ has determined that the report is "Sensitive, but Unclassified," due to certain ITAR considerations that HQ identified. As I understand it, this effectively means that NASA will only be releasing the report to those US organizations with a "need to know."

This determination is made by Doug Cooke at NASA HQ, the Deputy Administrator for Exploration Mission Systems Directorate. The MIB has been told that all requests for a copy of the report should be made directly to Doug (douglas.cooke-1@nasa.gov).

[NAMES DELETED]

Best regards,
Russell Carpenter

------ Forwarded Message

From: Debbie Sharpe
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 10:34:57 -0500
To: Scott Croomes, Russell Carpenter
Subject: Congratulations to the BETs for DART Team on their One NASA Peer Award!

Russell,

Congratulations to the Best-estimated for the Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology Team on receiving a One NASA Peer Award! The nomination clearly emphasized the team's contribution to achieving the Agency's strategic goals in a manner consistent with the One NASA approach.

The Goddard Awards Office will provide you with certificates and lanyards for each of your 22 team members. You can determine how best to present the team with their award.

If you have any questions, please call me at 4-7050 or Khrista White of the Awards Office at 6-9059.Again, congratulations for a job well done!

Best Regards,

Debbie Sharpe
One NASA rep for Goddard

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