Sono stati pubblicati i dati definitivi della missione Huygens da parte dell’esa mettendoli a disposizione della comunità scientifica, sono liberamente scaricabili dal sito del ESA Planetary Science Archive.
Sempre oggi la NASA ha deciso di pubblicare un dvd con più di 1100 documenti in pdf relativi alle missioni Apollo ma con queste restrizioni:
“Distribution: Available upon request to US citizens only” e " All software developed or provided through the SEE Program server has been determined to have export restrictions."
…mi sono perso qualche cosa? Perchè limitare ai cittadini USA la visione di documenti, alcuni dei quali da tempo diffusi liberamente? Adesso siamo noi europei che insegnamo la divulgazione alla NASA? o c’è sotto qualche cosa d’altro?
Questa è l’analisi fatta da nasawatch.com:
[b]NASA Has A Strange Way of Sharing Data[/b]
ESA Huygens Scientific Archive Data Set Released, ESA
“The unique data obtained by the six Huygens experiments are now being archived in the ESA Planetary Science Archive (PSA). A copy of the archived data set is also available in the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS). Access to the Huygens archive is open from today to the wide scientific community.”
NASA MSFC’s Lunar e-Library Puts Space History to Work, Marshall Star (NASA MSFC)
“The free DVD document collection is available to NASA and aerospace professionals and can be obtained by filling out two forms …”
Editor’s note: This article is a little misleading. When you go to the links in this story you learn that “this DVD knowledgebase contains 1100 (.PDF) items with an emphasis on documents produced during the Apollo/Saturn era”. But when you see how to get a copy you get a stern warning that “Distribution: Available upon request to US citizens only” and that “All software developed or provided through the SEE Program server has been determined to have export restrictions.”. You also have to sign some scary agreements.
I’ll be willing to bet that most - if not all of the material included in this compendium is easily available without restriction elsewhere - and has been so for decades (look here). If there are some truly sensitive things in there why not deal with that stuff on a case-by-case basis separately - instead of just dumping everything into the “U.S. Citizens-only” category.
This is most curious. Data (much of it public domain) from a lunar program completed more than a third of a century ago is still considered too sensitive to share with other countries - yet we are trying to get them to join in on the VSE and go back to the very same Moon. At the same time we openly share things on ISS using much more recent hardware - and ESA is willing to share all that it learned from Huygens. Something is a little lopsided here.
I spent 3 minutes and started an annotated version of this page showing materials available online. Anyone who has some links to add send them to me at email@example.com.
This DVD knowledgebase contains 1100 (.PDF) items with an emphasis on documents produced during the Apollo/Saturn era. Full text is available for 870 documents, and abstracts with source information are included for 230 documents that are copyrighted or limited distribution materials. The Lunar e-Library includes
* Apollo Mission Reports (missions 4-17) * Apollo Preliminary Science Reports 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 * Saturn V Flight Evaluation Reports * Saturn I and IB Flight Evaluation Reports * Lunar Roving Vehicle documents * Lunar data and experiment documents from Surveyor, Apollo, Clementine, and Lunar Prospector missions * Lunar studies and reference documents including Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) and First Lunar Outpost (FLO) documents * Lunar environment and space vehicle design criteria documents with an emphasis on lunar dust, radiation, and orbital debris * Web links to and descriptions of web sites that include document sources, databases, images and video, and oral history interviews * Information on 16 focused interviews with lunar Subject Matter Experts conducted for the project.</blockquote>