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NASA's Astrobiology Program Needs An Outreach Reset

27 Oct 2021, 18:21 UTC
NASA's Astrobiology Program Needs An Outreach Reset
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Keith's note: The official Twitter account for NASA SMD's Astrobiology program @NASAAstrobio posted several tweets earlier today about a Astrobiology paper - and then deleted the tweets. Then they reposted the tweets. Today's NASA article refers to a NASA-authored paper "Call For A Framework For Reporting Evidence For Life Beyond Earth". FYI this paper has actually been openly available since 23 July 2021 on on arXiv and is still online. I posted a link to this paper on Astrobiology.com back when it was posted in July. Yet in this web posting about the article NASA makes no mention of a link to this paper - in an article they wrote that tells you about this paper being published in Nature. Strange.

NASA tweeted a link to the free online version of the article but then they tweeted a link to the pay-only version at Nature. If you ask NASA PAO they say that no one at NASA is supposed to link anywhere that sends business to a company. But by telling taxpayers to go to a link at Nature - one that overtly asks for money - they are doing exactly that. NASA makes up rules that it then ...

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