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Nelson confirmed as NASA administrator

The Senate unanimously confirmed former senator Bill Nelson as NASA administrator yesterday.

Not much to say that hasn’t been said previously. Nelson, a Democrat, is 78 years old, and has shown signs of his age. His testimony during confirmation hearings suggested that he, like his boss Biden, is essentially going to rubberstamp the policies told to him by his bureaucracy, which in the case of NASA means a continuation of Artemis under a pro-capitalism framework.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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3 comments

  • Patrick Underwood

    “… which in the case of NASA means a continuation of Artemis under a pro-capitalism framework.”

    Can you believe you actually got to write that??

  • Patrick Underwood: Heh. In thinking about it this is pretty remarkable. Once again suggests my policy paper had more influence than I ever dreamed.

  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “Once again suggests my policy paper had more influence than I ever dreamed.

    At the time, I had assumed that few would bother to read it. It is exciting that it is being implemented.

    ’There is far more capital available outside of NASA [for use by commercial space marketplace] than there is inside of NASA.’ — paraphrased from an interview with NASA Administrator Bridenstine on the Ben Shapiro radio show on Monday 3 August 2020.

    The successes of NanoRacks, Rocket Lab, and SpaceX show that commercial space has great potential for expanding us into space much faster than NASA has been able to do.

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