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NASA Tries To Fix A Webpage By Breaking It

By Keith Cowing
August 18, 2021
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NASA Tries To Fix A Webpage By Breaking It

Keith’s note: Another week – and another link check update for the NASA Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) website and its chronic inability to do some basic HTML updates. It looks like someone tried to fix the “Helpful Links” page by deleting links and breaking other links. For starters, they do not seem to know where these links are: Executive Order for the National Space Council (here it is)
White House Fact Sheet on the National Space Strategy (here it is)
This OIIR link for the International Space Station Crew Code of Conduct goes to a dead location. You can find it here at Cornell Law School: 14 CFR § 1214.403 – Code of Conduct for the International Space Station Crew or here at ESA or here at the Federal Register. No one seems to know where the International Space Station Bilateral Agreements are. Here they are from 1998 on NASA.gov.
All of the Space Policy Directives (SPDs) signed by the Trump Administration and previous Administrations (which are still binding unless rescinded or updated) have been removed from the OIIR website. The Space Foundation has everything nicely listed here on their website. No mention is made of the Artemis Accords – even though NASA continues to add signatories during the Biden Administration. The text is here on NASA.gov.
And since this is an International Relations page where are the links to all of those International space treaties that govern how the U.S. does things in space? No mention whatsoever. The United Nations has a nice list here.
You’d think that the largest space agency on Earth, with IT/Web budgets in the hundreds of million of dollars, could create and maintain a simple web page with links that can be found in seconds via Google. People come to these websites looking for information only to find broken or absent links. I guess its time for more memos and meetings on how to fix the links – even though I have repeatedly offered correct links for them to use – all they have to do is cut and paste. The people in charge of this website at NASA OIIR are lazy and/or inept. Seriously.
NASA’s Websites Need Some Attention, earlier post
NASA Is Still Sleepwalking When It Comes to Policy Transparency, earlier post
NASA’s International and Interagency Relations Team Doesn’t Bother To Update, earlier post

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