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Astronauts Now Do NASA PAO's Job When It Comes To Hurricane Threats (Update)

By Keith Cowing
August 29, 2021
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Keith’s 29 Aug 4:27 pm EDT Update: NASA PAO finally got around to doing some updates – after the hurricane made landfall.
Keith’s 28 Aug 5:00 pm EDT note: Hurricane Ida is heading for the gulf coast and will land in the New Orleans area tomorrow as a category 4 storm. Nearby Michoud Assembly Facility will be strongly affected and Stennis Space Center is also probably going to take some hits. I was in the area a few weeks after Katrina hit and it had the look of a major war zone. The Governor of Louisiana has said that Ida could be the strongest storm to hit the area since the 1850s – eclipsing Katrina – and Katrina was bad.
NASA constantly promotes its climate change studies, how weather satellites demonstrate the value of space utilization, and loves to post lots of pictures of Earth as taken from space – especially large storms. Alas, if you go to NASA.gov there is no mention of this storm. Nor is there any mention at the NASA Michoud, NASA Stennis, or NASA Johnson web pages.
The last update NASA has on its Hurricane And Typhoon Updates blog is from 19 November 2020. The last update on its Hurricanes and Tropical Storms web page is from more than 2 weeks ago. If you look at the NASA Johnson Flickr and the NASA Space Station Images pages there are no ISS photos of the storm.
Thousands of Michoud employees will be directly affected as will the operation of the center where SLS rockets are built. Millions of taxpayers will be similarly affected. To be certain, storms are the responsibility of NOAA, the National Weather Service, FEMA etc. In the past NASA has always highlighted its role in all of this. Now, apparently, NASA PAO is no longer interested in devastating storms that affect its operations and the lives of taxpayers. Indeed, the only NASA employee who seems to think it is important enough to make public comment on this storm is an astronaut in orbit.

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