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PAO Ignores a Cool Education Event

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
April 13, 2010
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Keith’s note: What utterly baffles me is how ARC PAO all but ignored the Conrad Awards event. They streamed a small portion of the events (and charged an outrageous sum to do so) but other than they seemed to be uninterested in having their staff cover the event or make any mention of the event in this press release as part of their overall education activities – this, despite the fact that the Deputy Administrator of NASA spent a considerable amount of time there as did members of the NASA Advisory Council, billionaire investors, etc. According to one ARC PAO staff it apparently had to do with the fact that one event had thousands of students while the Conrad event had a hundred or so.

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