Friday, September 16, 2005

The End

This will be the last post of this blog. I know a lot of you have come to rely on this site for information on the Cassini mission, but it appears that I will no longer be able to continue posting here. Ironically, this site was killed by its success. This site was read not only by people in the public, but by those in the Cassini project as well. I knew full well of this, but apparently I crossed a line with one of my posts last week, and they called me (litterally) on it. This site was only going to stay up as long as I got something out of it and you did too. Now, this site has become a lot less fun. So, effective immediately, I will no longer be posting on this blog. I will probably post occasionally on the Unmanned Spaceflight.com forum, but will likely become a lurker. I will keep the site up for the next week, when I will then shut it down for good :-(

34 Comments:

Anonymous Travis Fisher said...

This is sad!!! Your blog has long been the best source of outreach for the Cassini mission, exceeding in readability and interest all of the ``official'' sites. Thank you for all of your efforts!

9/16/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you've pulled a comment from last week, one with a title expressing frustration at the loss of data from the T7 encounter. Can you tell us if the line you crossed was one with that expression of frustration, or was it with the tiny hint you gave that the surviving radar data was of interest?

9/16/2005 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger R. Nunes said...

There's one very important issue here:

People like to relate to other people. Here we all related to Jason and to his comments on the mission. This is better than dealing just with the images or pure technical info.

Look at the MER rovers public-relations, with frequent updates from the mission manager itself.

You see, I can remember the names of particular scientists much better than some geological feature on a distant moon, or a martian rock.

OK, if too much info has "leaked" outsite of the mission I can understand that it is a problem.
But not realising, from the Cassini mission management point of view, that this blog is a great comunication tool, is wrong.

Perhaps the best thing would be to let Jason run this Blog as a official Cassini mission blog, with some sort of supervising.

I just hope people don't over react about one simple comment...

9/16/2005 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

I should reiterate that shutting down the blog was my idea, and my idea alone. I feel that based on some comments I have received that it is best to just end the blog rather than deal with future aggrivations (or worse).

9/16/2005 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Michael Adams said...

Jason - thank you so much for providing such an invaluable source for Cassini, providing us space fans an inside scoop and your honest opinions on image analysis and project management. I'll truly miss the Cassini version of "Ain't It Cool News." The best of luck with you on the rest of the mission!!

9/16/2005 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason, I can COMPLETELY relate to your situation. Just last week I had to have a none too unpleasent conversation with the director of my laboratory (a laser fusion facility) about a wikipedia article I wrote about the lab. I didn't post any information which couldn't already be found on the lab's website and it was all purely factual and unopinionated but it apparently took someone by surprise. Anyway I was lucky he wasn't mean or unfair about the thing but obviously NOT A FUN TIME AT ALL. It sucks that you have to stop the site but....that's the way things go sometimes.....

9/16/2005 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Moomaw said...

Yes, I will be extremely sorry to see this blog go -- it regularly had things in it I have simply not seen anywhere else. The fact that you apparently caught hell for making what struck me as a perfectly innocuous comment about your frustration at the T7 botchup merely proves once again that freedom of speech is not really as widely respected in this country as we like to think. I very much hope to see you frequently on the "Unmanned Spaceflight" blog.

9/16/2005 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Moomaw said...

Remember, Jason, Illegitimi Non Carborundum! Don't let the bastards wear you down.

9/16/2005 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Tayfun ├ľner said...

We will miss this blog, thank you very much Jason.

9/17/2005 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Andrew Ward said...

Jason - Titan Today was a terrific read. Very sorry to see it go. Thanks for all your efforts and good luck with the rest of the mission!

9/17/2005 03:03:00 AM  
Anonymous centsworth_II said...

Well, at least I've still got unmannedspaceflight.com. I'll be looking forward to your continued input over there. Sad to see Titan Today go though.

9/17/2005 04:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One has to wonder if this site was getting more traffic than the official channels. Once I found it, I certainly switched because it was more timely and also because the blog format makes it clear what is new.

9/17/2005 05:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great while it lasted - cheers dude!

9/17/2005 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Steve Albers said...

This is frustrating as I've been aware of this attitude in sectors of the Cassini science teams. Havnig worked as a student long ago on the Viking Lander Imaging team (albeit before the internet age) I find this lack of openness reprehensible. I'm tempted to discuss this issue with the science teams and/or NASA headquarters. Recall the NASA HQ has been more open in some respects in advocating the raw images page at JPL. Perhaps with enough groundswell we can help to convince those in power to reconsider their attitudes. The suggestion of an "official" blog is a good constructive idea that hopefully can be persued.

9/17/2005 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Steve Albers said...

As another example I currently work at a government lab on meteorological analysis software (in addition to my other work on planetary maps). We are more open in the respects that we freely distribute our software and maintain a discussion board about it. We realize that we are supported by tax payers and they deserve to get their money's worth. There is also something called the Freedom of Information Act where government documents can be required for release. Who's paying for the Cassini mission anyway?

Good luck Jason with continued success in your career!

9/17/2005 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I turned 74 today and frankly I am really pissed that I will not be able to check your blog every day as I have for some time.
One thing I have learned during those 74 years is that there are always insecure people who are threatened by those who speak out.
Unfortunately it is a fact of life and but I hope the bastards responsible know who they are.
They work for someone and maybe a little kick-ass is in order.
By the way, I went to the University of Wyo. with Dick Cheney.

9/17/2005 07:21:00 PM  
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Anonymous Bjorn Jonsson said...

This has been a great blog that I will miss - thanks. Often a better insight into what's happening than the official website and frequently with information not easily found elsewhere and in a very easy-to-read format.

9/18/2005 05:34:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Just one more person who appreciated your blog - I'm sorry that you didn't get support from work for your help in publicizing the mission. Good luck with the next step.

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