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NASA's Websites Need Some Attention

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
August 16, 2021
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NASA's  Websites Need Some Attention

Keith’s note: Last night I did a Google search for “nasa space station images”. The second search result was this NASA webpage: “International Space Station Multimedia” which was last updated on 23 February 2021. If you click on the images you get “404” i.e. “not found” errors. The “future missions” that are listed happened years ago. Update: NASA saw our post and fixed the link so that it redirects here – to a link that actually works. This is what used to be there
The fifth search result is another NASA page “International Space Station Photo Highlights” last updated 12 March 2014 which also shows “404” when you click on the images which also have broken links. Update: NASA fixed the link so that it redirects here – to a link that actually works. This is what used to be there
Meanwhile, the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) links page is still filled with broken links and makes no mention of Artemis Accords among other things. NASA does not seem to care about being accurate any more – at least online.
Oh yes – this was tweeted by a reckoned space journalist in response to a @NASAWatch tweet about this issue a few minutes ago … just sayin’

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4 responses to “NASA's Websites Need Some Attention”

  1. Luke Franck says:

    NASA Website doesn’t always tend towards thrifty printable data. I still enjoy good old fashioned printed pages. Make side notations, highlight passages, tape pages to doors, walls, magnet them on the fridge, etc.
    Considering the amount of data to digest on the topics, it seems obvious. Instead, other websites (even Wiki) out perform NASA at this angle.

  2. rb1957 says:

    Good job … both you for finding the broken links and NASA for reading about them and doing something about it.

    Isn’t there some fancy app you can run to automatically find broken links ?? (if there isn’t, there ought to be !)

    • kcowing says:

      There are basic link checkers that NASA could use but, for some mysterious reason, decline to use. Meanwhile no one is actually n charge of NASA’s websites – rather, its a bunch of competing fiefdoms.

      • Rocketman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ says:

        I work at NASA and this is absolutely true. We many times can’t even share files and websites BETWEEN NASA LOCATIONS!