Yet Another Military Infomercial From ISS

NASA's Crew-1 commander to be sworn into U.S. Space Force from the International Space Station, Space News

"NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, a U.S. Air Force colonel and the commander of the upcoming SpaceX Crew Dragon mission, is transferring to the U.S. Space Force and is expected to be commissioned aboard the International Space Station. "If all goes well, we're looking to swear him into the Space Force from the International Space Station," said Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force."

Keith's note: Swearing in someone to get a new job elsewhere in the Federal government on the ISS may seem a little extreme - but why not. But wait: has anyone else's new job been announced like this from the ISS by the U.S.? Out of curiosity, since NASA is all about charging people for things being done on the ISS, who is paying for the crew times, comms, etc. involved in this announcement? That would make a fun FOIA request to file. NASA is supposed to be a civilian space agency. And I seem to recall from my days at NASA that Japan signed on to the ISS with the caveat that no military activities be conducted there. And yes, I know that many U.S. Astronauts still have military ties.

But since the Space Force came into existence, the once clear lines between civilian and military space seem to have become increasingly blurred - especially when the NASA Administrator makes repeated complimentary public statements about Space Force - with the ISS used as a backdrop for military recruiting commercials. Just sayin'

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