TrumpSpace: October 2020 Archives

Keith's note: This is a nicely done video. One small problem: most of it shows military people from the Space Force doing the things that NASA is supposed to be doing - like going to the Moon and Mars - in SLS/Orion hardware. They also a space station-derived interplanetary vehicle with a large centrifuge like they depicted in "The Martian".

"Its time for another giant leap ... we're getting ready for the 22nd century" they say, dramatically. They also talk about "the dark side of the Moon". (sigh) So much for paying attention in Astronomy class at Starfleet Academy. They end this video with "The sky Is not the limit" - as if they are making all the calls on where to go and what to do in space.

Its nice that they want to protect NASA. Thanks guys. But the Trump Administration is now increasingly using the Space Force to set America's agenda in space in a somewhat deliberate, confrontational way i.e. "Make Space Great Again" while NASA often sits in the back seat with its calm, scientific memes. That's not the way it is supposed to be. Space is already great and NASA has always led America's space efforts - and set the pace for the rest of the world. Its time to fix this bad marketing plan.

As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science, NY Times

"The Trump administration has recently removed the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the nation's premier scientific agency, installed new political staff who have questioned accepted facts about climate change and imposed stricter controls on communications at the agency. The moves threaten to stifle a major source of objective United States government information about climate change that underpins federal rules on greenhouse gas emissions and offer an indication of the direction the agency will take if President Trump wins re-election. An early sign of the shift came last month, when Erik Noble, a former White House policy adviser who had just been appointed NOAA's chief of staff, removed Craig McLean, the agency's acting chief scientist."

Top NOAA Scientist Fired After Asking Trump Appointees to Acknowledge Agency Scientific Integrity Policy, Daily Beast

"Noble responded the next day, "You no longer serve as the acting chief scientist for NOAA. Thank you for your service." In McLean's stead, Noble hired Ryan Maue, a former researcher for a libertarian think tank. Maue has previously said scientists have made overly dire predictions about climate change. Trump's administration has attempted to manipulate NOAA throughout his term."

- Chief of Staff Erik Noble Has Left NASA, Earlier post
- More Trump Staff Changes at NASA HQ (Update), Earlier post

Trump Administration Releases Science and Technology Accomplishments from First Term, OSTP

"RETURNING TO SPACE EXPLORATION: Since reviving the National Space Council, President Trump established a whole-of-government effort to lead again in human space exploration, safeguard the space environment, promote national security, and streamline regulations to foster commercial space activities."

Advancing America's Global Leadership in Science & Technology - Trump Administration Highlights: 2017-2020 (report)

Keith's note: But wait: while OSTP's Director Kelvin Droegemeier crows about accomplishments in various areas of science and technology, there is this glowing error that is wholly untrue - one which should, at a minimum - cause you to question the veracity of claims made by OSTP i.e. "ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC". The pandemic has not been ended. Not even close since it is entering its most harrowing phase. To even suggest otherwise is to spew demonstrably false propaganda.

White House science office takes credit for 'ending' pandemic as infections mount, Politico

"The White House's science policy office on Tuesday ranked "ending the Covid-19 pandemic" atop the list of President Donald Trump's top first-term accomplishments, even as the country registers record amounts of infections and hospitals fill up again."

Trump Administration Releases Science and Technology Accomplishments from First Term, OSTP

"Highlights include: ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease."


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