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New NASA Head?

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by GoTslaGo, Sep 4, 2017.

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  1. GoTslaGo

    GoTslaGo Learning Member

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    Trump Picks Oklahoma Congressman To Head NASA

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    President Trump's pick for the next leader of NASA is a fighter pilot who wants Americans to return to the moon but doesn't believe that humans are causing climate change.

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma has to be confirmed by the Senate before taking charge of NASA, and the two senators who represent Florida's Space Coast have already publicly objected to the choice of a politician as head of the space agency.

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    "I would say that the climate is changing. It has always changed. There were periods of time long before the internal combustion engine when the Earth was much warmer than it is today," he told Aerospace America in a 2016 interview.

    Such views are sure to alarm scientists, because NASA conducts a huge amount of the global research on climate change.

    Despite those opinions, however, Bridenstine said in that same interview, "I'm a guy that comes from Oklahoma and I have absolutely no problem studying the climate. That's what these assets do. They study the climate. There's nothing wrong with that."

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    Bridenstine is seen as a proponent of commercial space companies, and has said that the government "understands that in the future, and even today, it will be a customer of routine space services, not a provider of routine space services."

    He has also pushed measures that would allow commercial companies to gather and sell weather forecasting data that would integrate with U. S. weather forecasting models.

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    The Commercial Spaceflight Federation has endorsed the pick, as has Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican.

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  2. Cosmacelf

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    If confirmed, sounds like this new head would be fine for SpaceX.
     
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    GoTslaGo Learning Member

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    Agree!

    Wonder if Elon may have known something about this....didn't he mention something recently about establishing a moon base or something?
     
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    Yes, as much as the right wing press likes to disparage Elon for his government dollars sucking ability, it is a fact that his companies do suck a lot of government dollars (or subsidies). I have little doubt that his changed tune about a moon base has to do with NASA priorities. NASA has probably made clear that a moon base is a Mars stepping stone.

    Hopefully, Elon will get to Mars, and then we'll be able to meet the rest of his race :)
     
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  5. Nikxice

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    Mixed feelings about this guy. A moon base, that's all good. Timely for SpaceX, especially now that they're apparently open to taking a detour prior to Mars. However, Elon and many at NASA are probably holding their noses. SpaceX will likely be recognized as a valuable partner by Bridenstine, but his failure to acknowledge who, what is responsible for disrupting our climate is unsettling. The EPA, Dept. of Energy, and now NASA, recruiting only the finest to lead these science based government agencies.
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    Poring through this: Issues | U.S. House of Representatives will give each the ability to learn of the Senator's stance on all issues he deems important.

    How these views also gibe with his ability to run NASA both are debatable and should be debated. Furthermore, how the Senate would change were he to be replaced...by whom...also is worthy of analysis.
     
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