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3,009 Words In Scott Kelley's Trivia From Space Contest Rules

By Keith Cowing
April 22, 2015
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3,009 Words In Scott Kelley's Trivia From Space Contest Rules

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Kicks Off Geography Trivia from Space
Keith’s note:Have you seen any of Scott Kelly’s photos (in high resolution) on the official NASA Flickr page? You won’t. He only posts low resolution versions on Twitter at @StationCDRKelly. He’s calling his own shots on all of this PR from orbit. He makes the decision – not NASA PAO – as to what taxpayers do and do not see. Too bad – some of his pictures are rather stunning. This whole special project is being set up just for him. He’s apparently only going to post one picture a week in contrast to his fellow crew members who have posted hundreds.
The rules behind this contest are hilarious – all 3,009 words. Read them here. I can only imagine what it will cost the agency to actually enforce these rules or to adjudicate complaints by participants who feel that they have been incorrectly denied a prize.
Is a contest like this a good idea? Of course it is. But if the public gets fewer pictures from space? That is a bad idea. Has NASA come up with the most complex way possible to do this? Of course it has.
3,009 words in the rules – and all we’ll get are 50 or so pictures?

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