NASA ESAS - Free the Appendices, Dennis Wingo Commentary
"The original study was produced and made available to the public but not the set of 12 appendices that had the background technical trades and justifications related to the launch vehicle choices. Apparently this past weekend, a pay for view space interest website is providing these documents (reportedly 11 out of 12 of the appendices) to people that have paid for access to this website."
Editor's note: The ESAS study is in the public domain except for the appendices and now they're on a pay-per use site! Isn't time NASA released the appendices?
Editor's Update: From Keith Cowing: "I find it shameful that a foreign-owned website should be charging American taxpayers for the right to view documents produced by their own government - documents they have already paid for."
Editor's Update: It has come to our attention that the ESAS Study Appendices are now on WikiLeaks courtesy of NASA Space Flight. It should be noted that NASA Watch does not always release documents that come into our possession because of security, sensitivity or legal issues. However when we feel a document should be released to the public, as this one should, we file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and await the outcome.