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Originally from: "Aftergood, Steven" <saftergood@...
Original Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/03/02
Original Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 11:31:40 -0500
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>from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2002, Issue No. 27
April 3, 2002
NASA SHUTTLE SECRECY: A WORK IN PROGRESS
nasa shuttle secrecy: a work in progress
The utility of the new NASA policy of keeping the Space Shuttle launch
time a secret is being called into question after one NASA contractor
published the launch time of an upcoming Shuttle mission on its web site
late last week.
Along with various other mission characteristics, Spacehab Inc.
disclosed the launch time for STS-107, a July 2002 flight of the Space
Shuttle Columbia that is considered particularly sensitive since it will
be carrying an Israeli astronaut.
The incident was described in "Slip-up reveals sensitive shuttle launch
time," published in Spaceflight Now on April 1:
Allen Thomson, a space policy expert who spotted the inadvertent
disclosure of the launch time, said it illustrates the limits of a
security policy that is based on secrecy.
Critics argue that the whole notion of withholding the launch time of a
Shuttle flight to the Space Station is illusory and pointless. See "New
NASA security plan lacks teeth" by Irene Brown, United Press
International, April 1:
Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the
Federation of American Scientists.
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
voice: (202) 454-4691
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