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Monday, July 05, 2010

NASA misses the most basic point in science: preserving documentation.

You ever run across one of those conspiracy theorists who claims that we never went to the moon, and that NASA filmed the Lunar landings in the desert, using mock-ups? I have. They're tedious. The thing about conspiracy theory is that you can NEVER prove that there wasn't a conspiracy. We cannot prove what is not; we can only hope to prove what is.

But when you start allowing basic evidence of what Is to come into question, you open the rabbit hole for conspiracy theorists to try to pull you into their argument. Then, whether or not they've been in the least bit successful, the very fact that you HAD that argument is proof that "some skeptics are involved in discussions as to the veracity of...." whatever it is that they're trying to prove.

So when you're the frickin' National Aeronautic and Space Administration, an organization made up of self-confessed geeks and scientists, you probably would do well to act like scientists, and preserve your documentation of the most controversial project that you've ever spent the public money on: the Moon landings. It seems that NASA has discovered that it taped over the original video that Apollo 11 beamed down from the Moon, with later data.

NASA, are you guys trying to needle the detractors? Keep up this kind of sloppy science*, and I'm going to stop scribbling love notes to you.

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*Yes, evidence preservation is part of science. A boring, less glamorous part of science, but a very necessary one.

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4 Comments:

At Tuesday, July 06, 2010 8:31:00 AM, Blogger Tam said...

I'd like to say I'm surprised, but this is a federal agency we're talking about, here.

 
At Tuesday, July 06, 2010 5:33:00 PM, Blogger Sigivald said...

Meh. The videos weren't "science" anyway.

They were PR and a way to stick it to the Russians.

Science isn't pining the loss of some video from Apollo 11 - historians might be, maybe. Thought from their point of view, the horrible broadcast versions everyone actually saw are probably more relevant.

(The over-recorded satellite data itself might actually be of scientific interest!)

 
At Tuesday, July 06, 2010 6:49:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Friggin Idjits. Actually, a lot of the original data was filed on tape at Woomera, it's probably STILL sitting there...

 
At Wednesday, July 07, 2010 12:26:00 PM, Blogger Crucis said...

They were too busy following their new orders to suck up to the Muslims to pay attention to such things.

 

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