For some unusual purpose #NASA HQ is not going to enable media or the general public to attend the NASA Remembrance Day occasion at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery. They cite COVID – although every part happens open air in a big, open space. This occasion has been open to all for many years. Unhappy. pic.twitter.com/caxsx1dGyL
— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 26, 2022
“Varied NASA facilities additionally will maintain observances for NASA Day of Remembrance. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this 12 months’s occasions throughout the company will probably be restricted to invited friends and closed to media.”
Keith’s notice: Like many different individuals within the DC space I have been going to those Arlington memorial occasions as typically as I may for greater than 30 years – particularly after I served on the board of administrators of the Challenger Heart For Area Science Training. This occasion is held in an enormous public out of doors place however NASA now makes use of COVID as an excuse to restrict attendance. Anybody who has been there is aware of that this can be a huge open house. This actually unhappy.
Keith’s replace: I heard from a again channel at NASA PAO that the Arlington Nationwide Cemetery occasion begins at 1:00 pm and that the general public can attend. However media should get clearance. That is not going to occur. There will probably be no bus from NASA HQ so a automobile go (inconceivable to get) will probably be wanted to drive in. I may simply stroll in – besides the final time I did that a number of years in the past the cemetery cops stopped me and detained me for half-hour claiming that the NASA memorial occasion was a “personal” memorial occasion and that I wanted an precise invitation and automobile go to proceed. Final 12 months I made a proper request to NASA to attend and was instructed fairly clearly that I couldn’t attend. This badly worded media launch demonstrates the shortage of transparency that Wayne Hale was speaking about on the NAC assembly every week or so in the past. Why trouble to place a press launch out that’s correct and never deceptive.