NASA Fumbles The Webb Telescope (re)Naming Issue

Shadowed By Controversy, NASA Won't Rename New Space Telescope, NPR

"We have found no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope," says NASA administrator Bill Nelson."

NASA won't rename James Webb Space Telescope despite controversy, The Hill

"... more than a thousand people signed a petition earlier this year calling for the telescope to be renamed due to Webb allegedly being complicit in the purge of LGBT people from government service, known as the "Lavender Scare. ... Senior science communications officer Karen Fox told NPR, "We've done as much as we can do at this point and have exhausted our research efforts. ... Those efforts have not uncovered evidence warranting a name change," she added."

Keith's note: NASA PAO is sending this one sentence statement and commentary to some news media - but not others. This is all part of Marc Etkind's odd way of releasing news information - or not releasing it - as the case may be. There was a study done internally at NASA as to what to do about this issue. If NASA was truly going to do the whole transparency thing they'd release the results of that study. But they won't. As one prominent space scientist suggested to me, the original name was just fine i.e. Next Generation Space Telescope. Just sayin'

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