Intergalatic Victory For All Existing Life: NASA defeats Gay Lobby Advance
"Normally we don't go outside the United States of America but today Public Advocate thanks NASA for resisting the overwhelming urge to dump 50 years of serious scientific effort by dedicated scientists to not name the Space Telescope after some random fired former homosexual employee of NASA and honor the actual founder of the entire project. This is being celebrated on all planets in this solar system and in the galaxy and beyond," says Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate of the Galaxy, Inc. (Public Advocate of the U.S. Inc. on planet earth).
NASA says they do not plan to rename the multi-billion-dollar James Webb Space Telescope, despite concerns from astronomers, the public, and agency employees. James Webb, who was an influential figure at NASA during the 1960s and 1970s, participated in the systematic discrimination against gay and lesbian employees during his tenure Undersecretary of State during the Truman administration.
The controversy has many calling on NASA to rethink the name of the the $10 billion telescope, which is set to launch in December.
"At best, Webb's record is complicated," says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a cosmologist at the University of New Hampshire, to NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce. Prescod-Weinstein, who co-authored an opinion article in Scientific American on the subject, says, "And at worst, we're basically just sending this incredible instrument into the sky with the name of a homophobe on it, in my opinion."............
The agency has yet to condemn Webb's actions. "We have found no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope," says NASA administrator Bill Nelson to NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce. NASA told NPR that they have looked into Webb's past actions, but have shared few specifics about the investigation." (Smithsonian Mag)