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Exploration

Website Stovepiping at NASA

By Keith Cowing
June 20, 2006

Editor’s note: Go to NASA SOMD’s Human Spaceflight home page. Do you see links to the VSE, ESMD or anything connected to NASA’s exploration efforts on that main entry point? Go the news page and you will see a similar lack of information on exploration. Now go to NASA’s Exploration home page. There are no links to NASA SOMD’s Human Spaceflight page – yet SOMD and ESMD are supposed to be working together to transition from current to future space systems. Oh yes – I don’t see any links between ESMD’s page and SMD’s home page either – yet they are supposed to be developing hardware and science hand in hand. Indeed ESMD has created their own versions of pages that SOMD’s website already has online.

I find this continued stove piping and duplication of effort in terms of education and outreach, web design, etc. to be rather odd. Yet Mike Griffin tells everyone that exploration is what NASA is about and that SOMD, ESMD, and SMD are one big happy family. Alas, they can’t even bother to link to each other’s home pages. What does this say about how they really get along? This is just silly folks.

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.