And then there was NASA. Poor NASA. This was a tough year for the formerly high-flying and universally beloved U.S. space agency. Not only has their budget seen deep cuts as the US Government tries to balance its books, but they also celebrated the bitter-sweet final mission of their once marquee Space Shuttle Program. Adding insult to injury with yet another sobering dose of reality, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin went before the House Sciences, Space, and Technology Subcommittee and revealed that the computer networks belonging one of the world’s most highly educated and forward thinking agencies had been compromised repeatedly over the last two years. The agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (left) was among those compromised in addition to some 5,400 other incidents reported by the agency in 2010 and 2011.
(Image via NASA Goddard Photo and Video’s Flickr photostream, Creative Commons)