"U.S. officials are unable to communicate with an expensive experimental U.S. spy satellite launched last year by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a defense official and another source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday."
News: January 2007 Archives
"The hiring of Rhode, a former television reporter who was an advance man for the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, was made by the White House and Griffin together, [NASA spokesman David] Mould said. ... Rhode, whose appointment was first reported on the Web site NASA Watch, could not be reached for comment by phone or e-mail."
"Remember Patrick Rhode? He was the former TV reporter who leveraged a job as deputy advance guy for Bush in 2000 (deputy to the guy who makes sure there's bottled water behind the podium!) into a gig as deputy director of FEMA. Then New Orleans drowned, and Rhode called FEMA's response "probably one of the most efficient and effective responses in the country's history." Thankfully, he's no longer with FEMA. Nope, instead he's going to strand all of our astronauts in space."
"The NASA Engineering and Safety Center will sponsor a Lunar Dust Workshop Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The three-day workshop will focus on the effects of lunar dust for human and robotic missions to the moon, as well as procedures and technologies to protect astronauts and vehicles."
Editor's note: This meeting will have 150 attendees from NASA, academia, and industry - a rather high profile event for ARC. And how does ARC PAO tell people about it? They don't. There is no mention on the ARC home page, the events page, or the news page. Nor did they bother to issue a press release.