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NASA's Confusing ICESAT-2 Websites

By Keith Cowing
October 6, 2019
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NASA's Confusing ICESAT-2 Websites

Keith’s note: If you go to the NASA GSFC website you will see this release “Laser Precision: NASA Flights, Satellite Align Over Sea Ice. In the release you will see this at the bottom: “For more information, visit: nasa.gov/icesat-2 or icesat-2.gsfc.nasa.gov”. There’s no HMTL for the links on this webpage thus making it more difficult for people to follow the non-existent links.
If you go to nasa.gov/icesat-2 you get the NASA ICESAT -2 website which features a link to this release. If you go to icesat-2.gsfc.nasa.gov you see the GSFC ICESAT-2 website but this press release is not even mentioned. [7 Oct Update: they added a link to the release today]. If you go to the NASA main page or the NASA Earth Science topic page there is no mention of this release. If you go to the NASA Science Mission directorate page there is no mention of this release either.
If you go to the Science Mission Directorate Press Releases page there is no mention either. In fact the last press release – of any kind – that is mentioned is from 30 July 2019 – more than 2 months ago.
Yet this press release is posted on AAAS’ Eurekalert and is shown as being from “NASA GSFC” – not from “NASA”. If this research is being done by NASA – and is important enough to warrant paid posting on a press release service then is it not also worth posting on NASA and NASA SMD websites? Is it not also worth posting on the GSFC ICESAT-2 website along with other ICESAT-2 news? And why does NASA Need two ICESAT-2 websites – both of which cater to a wide range of public interest audiences?
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