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NASA Just Can't Stop Doing Web Stuff Twice UPDATE: Three Times

By Keith Cowing
October 7, 2019
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NASA Just Can't Stop Doing Web Stuff Twice UPDATE: Three Times

Keith’s 7 October update: Today NASA JPL issued a press release “NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds an Ancient Oasis on Mars” It includes the text: “For more about NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover mission, visit:
JPL has the release posted here with the same text and imagery as is used by NASA HQ’s version here. But if you go to and dig a little bit to “news and events” you find a link to the same story here which uses the exact same text as the other two versions but is formatted differently than the JPL PAO and NASA HQ versions and uses different graphics. So this time NASA and JPL posted the same thing not twice, but three different ways – in three different places.
Oh yes: the main point of this release is more evidence of habitable periods and locations on Mars i.e. : “We went to Gale Crater because it preserves this unique record of a changing Mars,” said lead author William Rapin of Caltech. “Understanding when and how the planet’s climate started evolving is a piece of another puzzle: When and how long was Mars capable of supporting microbial life at the surface?”. And of course NASA makes zero mention of (or link to) its Astrobiology program which is chartered to do the whole search for life in the universe thing.
Keith’s 3 October note: NASA issued this press release today: NASA’s Push to Save the Mars InSight Lander’s Heat Probe. If you go to the end of this press release you will see links to two InSight websites
“More about InSight:

If you go to you go to the JPL Mars InSight website. If you go to the news link you will see a story “NASA’s Push to Save the Mars InSight Lander’s Heat Probe
If you go to it redirects you to which is a NASA HQ website. If you go to “NASA’s Push to Save the Mars InSight Lander’s Heat Probe” you get the exact same story and graphics as you get on the JPL page.
The text is exactly the same on both pages – with links to both InSIght websites at the end. In essence NASA sends you to one page and when you get to the bottom it sends you back on the same dual path to another page that sends you to the same dual path – and so on in an infinite DO loop. In addition, NASA uses one link to a HQ page that then redirects you to another – so why not use the link to which you are redirected to in the release instead?
The real question is: why is NASA constantly doing things like this twice? Someone wrote the original press release, collected the graphics and then formatted it for one website while someone else in another part of NASA took the same text and reformatted it again for another website with the same graphics – but formatted differently. That means NASA is knowingly doing things twice – and paying people to do things twice. Why not just have one website? Why not just have one place where press releases like this are posted? But wait – if you go to the NASA HQ press release page this press release is not even listed. I know NASA is working on fixing this duplication per direction from the Administrator, but this silliness could be fixed now with a simple memo from NASA HQ. Just sayin’
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