Keith's note: NASA just repeated this tweet to its 2.9 million followers: "In 1 hour, join @NASA and @SBAgov in a Google+ hangout to celebrate #smallbiz contributions to @MarsCuriosity http://go.nasa.gov/QllNLZ". OSTP (the White House) host posted multiple tweets for its 300,000+ followers such as yesterday's tweet "Tomorrow join @NASA & @SBAgov for Google+ Hangout w/ ATA Engineering, a small business that helped land @MarsCuriosity" and posted something on its official blog.
I have looked back over a week of Tweets by @MarsCuriosity. No mention whatsoever of this event was made to its 1.1 million followers. I did not see anything from JPL PAO on this event either. No mention is made on any of the missions multiple official websites either. It is rather odd that the White House and NASA Headquarters go out of their way to highlight the @MarsCuriosity mission - and bring in the SBA so as to emphasize the economic value/impact of space exploration - and yet JPL PAO can't even be bothered to tell people about it?
"NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills highlighted the contributions of small businesses to the success of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars during a Google+ Hangout Wednesday with ATA Engineering, headquartered in Herndon, Va. ATA Engineering partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) team to test and analyze the entry, descent and landing of the rover, specifically the wheels, actuators and thermal control systems."