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NASA Goes Global: Astronauts Out, Indonesia In

Posted on July 6 2010 9:00 am
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Do you remember that dream you had about growing up to be an astronaut one day? Well, you might want to rethink that. I don’t see that happening anytime soon, because NASA has better things to do.

Back in February, it was reported that Obama had cut the space program, which may result in the loss of 23,000 jobs. Obama apparently felt our money would be much better spent sending some of that NASA know-how over to Indonesia. We can teach them more about climate change, too! After all, it is the largest Muslim nation in the world, not to mention a place where Obama enjoyed some special boyhood memories. It’s a natural choice. 

Here is what NASA’s administrator, Charlie Bolden, said at the time:

Specifically, he talked about connecting with countries that do not have an established space program and helping them conduct science missions. He mentioned new opportunities with Indonesia, including an educational program that examines global climate change.

We really like Indonesia because the State Department, the Department of Education [and] other agencies in the U.S. are reaching out to Indonesia as the largest Muslim nation in the world. We would love to establish partners there,” Bolden said.

In this new report from Fox News, he further describes where your NASA dollars are going now:

“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.

It appears that NASA’s main purpose, then, is to offer career counseling to children, create global friendships and most importantly, pump up the self esteem of Muslim nations. It’s beginning to sound more like a Tony Robbins seminar than an aeronautics agency.

To all the aspiring astronauts and space developers out there; the ones who dream about the agency that put a man on the moon, developed scratch resistant lenses, memory foam, satellite communications and so much more…instead, you might want to look into a career as a translator or maybe even something with the UN.  NASA’s got more important things to do.

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