NASA Suspends All Education and Public Outreach

NASA Internal Memo: Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Acti...

"Effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review. In terms of scope, this includes all public engagement and outreach events, programs, activities, and products developed and implemented by Headquarters, Mission Directorates, and Centers across the Agency, including all education and public outreach efforts conducted by programs and projects.

The scope comprises activities intended to communicate, connect with, and engage a wide and diverse set of audiences to raise awareness and involvement in NASA, its goals, missions and programs, and to develop an appreciation for, exposure to, and involvement in STEM. Audiences include employees, partners, educators, students, and members of the general public. The scope encompasses, but is not limited to:

- Programs, events, and workshops.
- Permanent and traveling exhibits, signage, and other materials.
- Speeches, presentations, and appearances, with the exception of technical presentations by researchers at scientific and technical symposia.
- Video and multimedia products in development (and renewal of existing products).
- Web and social media sites in development (excludes operational sites).
- External and internal publications, with the exception of Scientific and Technical Information as defined by NPD 2200.1B.
- Any other activity whose goal is to reach out to external and internal stakeholders and the public concerning NASA, its programs, and activities." [emphasis mine]

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Oh bummer! This is so political... not spend money on a program that gives us hope and imagined possible futures. By knowing what NASA does, the public can remain enthused and supportive of their programs. Knowing nothing, who cares if NASA lives or dies? Only scientists and enthusiasts. I wonder if private funding will take over the task of public relations? No; why would private enterprise or oligarchs be interested in such an expenditure? Well, we don't know about the suffering in Africa until and unless we can read or watch current events from there. Again, private enterprise doesn't seem to have an incentive to end starvation and refugees.

Religious films appear to me to be money raising schemes for their own purposes. How many people, caring and concerned about suffering of Africans, give a lot of money? Contributions exist, mostly in small amounts. A dollar here, another there, and it all adds up to big money. How much does it cost them to have a camera going as they hand out food, medicines, supplies? Do they give as much as they get? I don't know! Religious charities may or may not reveal their financial books to anyone. 

So, we have a growing poverty population world wide, we have fascism growing in USA and other countries, we have a space program trying to discover nature's many secrets, and money flows away from progressive programs. Where does the money flow toward? For what purposes? Who remains hungry and who remains well fed and able to buy a lot of stuff? 




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