'Bumpy' Makes NASA Lose Historic Objects, Including Space Vehicle

A report by NASA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has left the US space agency in a bad light regarding the maintenance of trajectory-related historical objects and artifacts. According to the OIG study - which is a kind of supervisory division of federal or state agencies that aims to prevent inefficient or illegal operations within its parent agency - NASA's mismanagement has caused historic properties to be lost over the years, either by deterioration or by subtraction by former employees.

NASA also has a custom of lending things, like bits of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles, and other space vehicles important to the agency's history.

The OIG came to the conclusion that NASA's administrative clutter prevented them from retrieving objects that were lost or taken over the years. The agency would not have taken the necessary action to recover this memorabilia, such as a prototype lunar vehicle, which was found in the backyard of a house in 2014 thanks to the neighbor, a historian, who recognized the rover. The person with the vehicle did not return it to NASA, but sold it to a junkyard that made money by auctioning the rover.

Sloppy Administration

The blame is being placed all over NASA, which even though warned over and over about finding something important out there, has not taken the necessary steps to recover it. Among other lost historical objects, there is a lunar bag full of soil samples from the natural satellite, which ended up in the hands of the FBI and the Bureau auctioned it. Even finding out who bought it, NASA can't get it back because the court has ruled that who bought it has a right to the object.

NASA also has a custom of lending things, like bits of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles, and other space vehicles important to the agency's history. The practice worries the OIG, which sees it as a way for more historical objects to be subtracted from NASA ownership, which does not have a secure borrower contract system.

In the end, the OIG has made a list of recommendations to help NASA behave better with its historic memorabilia, helping the agency recover lost objects and keep what is still in its possession more secure so that it doesn't there are more losses of this kind.

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'Bumpy' Makes NASA Lose Historic Objects, Including Space Shuttle via TecMundo