In 1960, Pres. John F. Kennedy issued a challenge to NASA and the American people to get to the moon. In 1969 we did just that. Now 50 years later, president Obama has issued a similar challenge to the people at NASA... sort of.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, new NASA administrator Charles Bolten spoke on some of the goals president Obama issued when he got a job.
"When I became the Nasa administrator, he [Mr Obama] charged me with three things. One, he wanted me to help reinspire 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, math, and engineering… 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 also claimed that the president wants NASA to be not only a space exploration agency but also an "Earth improvement agency".
We all need goals…
I get the whole using the space program to inspire American kids to study math and science. that has been a positive side effect of the space program since its inception.
But what the fuck does boldly going where no man has gone before have to do with the self-image of Muslims? And not even American Muslims... fucking foreign Muslims from nations that pretty much hate are fucking guts.
What does any of this nonsense has to do with the American space program? It's almost as if he doesn't want America to have a space program or be the world leader when it comes space exploration. He calls off the Constellation program to go to Mars and the moonshot NASA had planned within the decade and now wants NASA to take the self-esteem of Muslim nations into account when planning whatever the fuck it is that he wants NASA to do.
Between you and I, president Obama doesn't give a shit about NASA or space and his decisions regarding the program show as much. I believe these decisions to take America out of the space race will not end well for our country.
This is a nation of leaders and innovators, not intergalactic hitchhikers...