NASA: Cultural TrapDoors, Beth Beck
"I asked a question about managing the complex issue of astronaut appearances, and offered a potential solution -- astronaut career assignments in NASA Headquarters Office of Public Affairs and Office of Legislative Affairs. ... Lori's response: NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, former astronaut, would call the shots on how the Astronaut Corps operates. She mentioned that Charlie met with the new 2009 Astronaut Class, and encouraged them to act as Space Ambassadors (my paraphrase of her answer) during the many years before they fly a space mission. Appropriate response to the question.
Now let's focus on the reaction among my NASA colleagues following the Town Hall meeting. Here's a sample of what I heard the rest of the week ..."