Columbia and the NASA Web Site

By Deane Barker on August 29, 2003

NASA mulled nixing Web site after shuttle loss: The recent report on the Columbia disaster shows that NASA got worried about how current the information on its Web site was and how this would be interpreted by the press.

“…one proposal by a midlevel employee at headquarters for a ‘complete scrub’ of the agency’s safety office Web site to remove outdated or wrong information.

The employee, Wilson Harkins, warned that such information could become ‘chum in the water to reporters and congressmen.’

‘We wouldn’t want to be sucker punched by someone based on something we have posted,’ Harkins wrote.”