Thursday, March 16, 2006

Advanced Organizational Communication

Advanced Organizational Communication

One Last Look at NASA

Although our class is at the beginning of a new section and we are passed all this NASA business I thought it would be ok to visit it one last time. Upon looking through various news sites this week I found an interesting article dealing with NASA. Apparently, earlier this month the "DAWN Mission" was planned to go into space and explore two large aesteroids in the solar system, but it was abruptly cancelled. The cancellation of the mission has been credited to cost overruns and technical issues surrounding the spacecraft. At first the launch was indefinitly postponed but within the last two days a new article surfaced stating that the launch is officially canceled. It seems that the managers of the mission had been ordered to stop work on the Dawn last fall when an independent review team assessed the project (penetration anyone?). In the past few days more articles have been written which provide limited information about the status of things surrounding this launch. I am interested to see how NASA handles this situation. Did they cancel the launch primarily due to technical problems but wanted to cover it up by saying that it was too costly because of the disasters of the past? Also, why aren't news stories such as this given more attention by the media? Is it just because a disaster did not occur? In the articles there are many quotes from those who worked first hand on the launch and are understandably upset that their work, which they were committed to for a decade, is dropped suddenly. What does this say about their organization identification towards NASA?
I have included the sites to each article I looked at and would be interested in what some of you think? The first one explains when the launch was put on hold, the second is when it was officially cancelled and the third examines a review of the cancellation. This was just something that I found interesting and hopefully more articles will surface in the future that might provide us with more information as to what is being done for the future of NASA.
http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/ap_060121_dawn_hold.html
http://www.space.com/news/060303_dawn_cancelled.html
http://www.space.com/news/060316_dawn_mission.html