More Emphasis Needed on Data Analysis Phase of Space Science Programs

PSAD-77-114: Published: Jun 27, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1977.

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Scientific data acquired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space programs are not always promptly made available to the scientific community for further analysis and maximum benefit to the United States.

The National Space Science Data Center has problems acquiring data promptly because some principal investigators fail to submit their data. Factors contributing to late data or data not received are: contracts and written agreements which required investigators to submit data were not enforced; too little money and time were available to investigators for data analysis; and the Center was understaffed in relation to its mission.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of NASA should direct the Associate Administrator for Space Science to enforce the contracts and in-house agreements requiring investigators to submit data to the Center in order to maintain a schedule showing when investigators are expected to submit data from their experiments and to set up a system showing which experiments should receive priority attention at the Center. The Administrator should develop more realistic estimates of funds and time necessary to adequately support investigators' data analysis and assign certain data acquisition duties to project scientists. When evaluating NASA program content and budget requests, Congress should examine the adequacy of NASA allocation of resources between gathering space science data and analyzing it.

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