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NASA/CASIS Ignores NASA's Own ISS Research Announcements

By Keith Cowing
May 2, 2012
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Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) Releases AO for International Research Participation on ISS Kibo Module

“The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to fund experiments to be conducted aboard the Japanese Experiment Module, Kibo, on the International Space Station in FY2014 or later. JAXA is recruiting proposals that “make full use of the Kibo’s unique environment that will have major impacts on science, technology, industry and society” according to the JAXA Press Release.”
Keith’s note: NASA sent this notice out today regarding research opportunities in the JAXA Kibo lab module on ISS. But is there any mention of this announcement on the ISS National Lab homepage? No. Is there any mention at the CASIS website? Of course not.
NASA runs two main ISS research entry points and they do not bother to stay in synch with each other – and neither one stays current with other NASA announcements on ISS research. The U.S. has always had payload accommodations allotted to it per the ISS MOU in partner labs such as Columbus and Kibo. If NASA cannot get its own story straight for the prospective researcher – and the taxpayers in general – then who will?

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