Through FOIA, Motherboard’s Jason Koebler managed to receive a handful of investigatory reports from NASA’s Inspector General, covering cases as weird as satellite parts ending up on eBay or a “wheelbarrow full” of sensitive documents ending up in a off-site dumpster. However, no case is stranger - or sadder - than the “stolen moon rocks.”
If you were hoping for divine intervention as a way out of the inauguration, we’ve got bad news - FEMA recently announced it had joined NASA and others to estimate its ability to counter potentially planet-threatening asteroids.
Last week, Robert Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace encouraged broader spending in orbit. He suggested doubling NASA’s budget, which would bring the agency’s cut to a full one percent of federal spending. Docs released as part of the company’s BEAM project help show the regulatory concerns that leave space tourism an international grey zone.
As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If a machine is doing its job, reliably and without error, then common sense dictates that you just shouldn’t mess with it. This is doubly true for computers and quadruply true for government computers. This lends itself to an obvious question: what’s the government computer most in need of an upgrade?