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Trump campaign ad featuring SpaceX launch stirs consternation at NASA

4 Jun 2020, 23:34 UTC
Trump campaign ad featuring SpaceX launch stirs consternation at NASA
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NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken say farewell to their families before heading to the launch pad for a SpaceX launch to the International Space Station on May 30. (NASA via YouTube)
An online advertisement that plays off last weekend’s historic crewed SpaceX launch to boost President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign drew a protest from the wife of one of the astronauts today.

The ad, titled “Make Space Great Again,” was paid for by the Trump campaign with the president’s approval. It interlaces video clips from past space missions and from the mission to send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station with quotes from Trump about America’s space aspirations.
One scene shows the astronauts’ families bidding farewell before the launch. “I find it disturbing that a video image of me and my son is being used in political propaganda without my knowledge or consent. That is wrong,” Karen Nyberg, who is a NASA astronaut as well as Hurley’s wife, wrote in a tweet flagged for the space agency and its administrator, Jim Bridenstine.
NASA generally makes its imagery freely available to the public, but it forbids the use of the names or likenesses ...

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