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Why Did NASA SMD Sit on This MSL Science Document?

By Keith Cowing
September 11, 2014
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Mission to Mt. Sharp – Habitability, Preservation of Organics, and Environmental Transitions
Senior Review Proposal Sections 1 and 2 April 2014

Keith’s note: Jim Green just made a point of spelling out the URL for this report. He did so rather defensively in an effort to show that there was a science plan in place for MSL. In the process he sought to minimize the comments made by NASA’s own NASA Planetary Senior Review Panel Report wherien the MSL science plan was bluntly criticized. If Green thinks that the Review Panel was wrong on their MSL criticism, then does that not call into question everything else they said? If so why did NASA make funding decisions based on the committee’s report?
Looking at the report there are no ITAR or SBU notations. Of course they were removed – or were they? Looking at the document properties [image] it is clear that this document was created on 10 April 2014 and modified on 9 September 2014. Why is it that NASA only voluntarily releases documents like this to defend their actions but they don’t just publish them – for all to see – simply because they are interesting? Why didn’t NASA release this document when the review committee report first came out? Why wasn’t this report mentioned in yesterday’s hearing where Green testified – when this topic came up?
Oh yes … by voluntarily releasing this document NASA SMD has set a new precedent for things that a FOIA request can obtain. They have nulified any “predecisional” claims that they might have once been able to make. Oops.

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