From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2004
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Editor's note: According to NASA sources, these two presentations have been circulated within the agency for a couple of days. They are meant to show how successful NASA is in reaching the public. The numbers in the presentations often do not make sense - either representing more people of a certain category than actually exist in the U.S. or preposterous numbers such as 8,536,026,247 GB of website data transfer. That is a vast amount of data - i.e 8.5 billion gigabytes.
Also, no clear description is given as to whether people are being counted once or multiple times - nor how this data was collected - other than a statement that "data are based on completed participant feedback forms and do not represent all participants." As such, the picture painted by these 'metrics' is confusing, misleading, improbable, and in many cases, simply wrong.
Here are just a few problems with these numbers as outlined in this Powerpoint presentation:
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