The Parker Solar Probe launched on 12 Aug 2018, undertook its first solar encounter between 31 Oct and 11 Nov, achieved the closest-ever approach to the Sun’s surface (a mere 15 million miles out) on 06 Nov, and reported “okey-dokey so far, guys” on 16 Nov. Perhaps I paraphrase this last bit, but as a mission participant I have some rights.
You doubt that I’m on this mission? No, no — I have my ticket from NASA and everything.
Well, I have my ticket from NASA and that’s pretty much it. I’ve heard nothing from them since 10 Mar 2018, when I signed up online for my ticket.
For no more than they’re spending on maintaining their website, NASA could be updating me on mission milestones — after all, they have my email address — but they are not. What strikes me about this tiny oversight is how common it is.
How rarely a worker updates their boss on a project, except on direct enquiry.
How rarely a supplier reports progress to their client, except for what the contract requires.
How rarely any level of government reports progress to its citizens/voters/taxpayers: Posturing we get an earful of. I mean, have you heard anything lately about the supposed work to get potable water for small, remote communities — most of them indigenous?
And as I wonder about these puzzling non-events, I wonder, too, who I am failing to update and on what.