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CASIS Just Can't Stop Watching Comic Book Movies

By Keith Cowing
January 11, 2018
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CASIS Just Can't Stop Watching Comic Book Movies

CASIS and Marvel Entertainment Unveil Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge
“The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and Marvel Entertainment today announced the Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge is open for American students ages 13-18 to submit microgravity flight experiment concepts that could be conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. The contest focuses on Rocket and Groot, characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book franchise, and students are encouraged to develop flight proposals based on the attributes of these Super Heroes. The contest will run through January 31, 2018.”
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“In addition, we found NASA failed to actively oversee CASIS’s technical performance and instead took a largely “hands-off” approach to managing CASIS that has contributed to the organization’s inability to meet expectations. For example, NASA has not developed an overall strategy identifying the achievements or outcomes expected from CASIS through the end of its cooperative agreement nor has the Agency provided guidance or set expectations for CASIS’s performance.”
Keith’s note: Once again CASIS takes the comic book approach to its outreach efforts for NASA’s portion of the International Space Station. But in the press release they issued, yet again, the word “NASA” appears nowhere. No mention is made by @NASA or @NASAedu Twitter accounts. No mention is made on the NASA ISS home page or the NASA Education home page. When you ask NASA or CASIS for metrics as to how well this comic book character approach works they cannot provide that information. If you doubt my observations, just read the newly released report on CASIS by the NASA OIG.
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