May 23, 2022

“NASA Technical Reports Server Partly Back Online”

The NTRS database was taken offline back in March.

Today, Steven Aftergood from Secrecy News and the Federation of American Scientists report that some of the database is back online but “several hundred thousand documents” are still inaccessible via the database.

Aftergood writes:

Now many of the NTRS records have been restored, including open literature publications, magazine articles, and other documents that were already in the public domain in any case.  But hundreds of thousands of others still await a formal export control review to certify them for public release.  The multi-phase process was described in a NASA email exchange that was released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Aftergood also mentions that some of the reports removed from the database remain available online via a number of foreign mirrors. We wondered about what deleted from the web really means in an April 29th post titled, Deleted Doesn’t Mean Inaccessible…

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Hat Tip and Thanks: Free Government Information
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