The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), founded in 1958, is an Executive Branch agency of the United States government, responsible for America’s civilian space program and aeronautics and aerospace research. Since February 2006 NASA’s self-described mission statement is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
That was then, now is now.
After cancelling NASA’s Constellation program, which was building new rockets and spaceships capable of returning astronauts to the moon, Obama is now turning NASA into a mini-me of the State Department.
The Sociopath has assigned a new all-important mission to NASA. Its new “foremost” mission is to improve America’s relations with the Muslim world, specifically “to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering.”
I’m not kidding.
Political correctness has no place in matters of science and should have no place in NASA. To quote former NASA chief Michael Griffin:
“NASA represents the best of America. Its purpose is not to inspire Muslims or any other cultural entity. While cooperation from Muslim nations is welcome, it is not vital for U.S. advancement in space exploration. There is no technology they have that we need.”
H/t beloved Fellow and brilliant political artist BKeyser!
FoxNews.com – July 5, 2010
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA’s orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.
“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.
The NASA administrator was in the Middle East last month marking the one-year anniversary since Obama delivered an address to Muslim nations in Cairo. Bolden spoke in June at the American University in Cairo — in his interview with Al Jazeera, he described space travel as an international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part.
“It is a matter of trying to reach out and get the best of all worlds, if you will, and there is much to be gained by drawing in the contributions that are possible from the Muslim (nations),” he said. He held up the International Space Station as a model, praising the contributions there from the Russians and the Chinese.
However, Bolden denied the suggestion that he was on a diplomatic mission — in a distinctly non-diplomatic role. “Not at all. It’s not a diplomatic anything,” he said.
He said the United States is not going to travel beyond low-Earth orbit on its own and that no country is going to make it to Mars without international help.
Bolden has faced criticism this year for overseeing the cancellation of the agency’s Constellation program, which was building new rockets and spaceships capable of returning astronauts to the moon. Stressing the importance of international cooperation in future missions, Bolden told Al Jazeera that the moon, Mars and asteroids are still planned destinations for NASA.