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Robert Longley

Obama Tells NASA to Improve Muslim Relations

By July 7, 2010

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NASA's typically background role as a force in international diplomacy suddenly jumped to the foreground when NASA administrator Charles Bolden told Al Jazeera Television that President Obama had directed him to help improve U.S. relations with Muslim nations.

In a July 2 interview, Bolden told Al Jazeera's Imran Garda that when he took over at NASA, Obama had directed him to "find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and math and engineering."

Citing substantial contributions to the International Space Station by Russia and China as an example, Bolden added, "It is a matter of trying to reach out and get the best of all worlds, if you will, and there is much to be gained by drawing in the contributions that are possible from the Muslim (nations)."

Bolden Denies Diplomatic Intent: Observing that no single nation, including the United States, would ever be able to travel beyond low-earth orbit or go to Mars without the help of other nations, administrator Bolden denied that diplomacy had driven President Obama's directive for NASA to "reach out" to the Muslim world.

"Not at all. It's not a diplomatic anything," he said.

What Does NASA Have to Gain? Besides scientific and engineering knowledge, several Muslim nations have lots of something NASA does not have as much of as it used to - money.

Just another victim of the recession, NASA has so far suffered a 16 percent cut in its annual budget for manned space exploration, with more cuts probably on the way. The budget cut led to the cancellation of NASA's Constellation program for sending astronauts back to the moon and ultimately to Mars.

In addition, Obama's just released U.S. National Space Policy stresses the necessity of international cooperation in future missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.

"The United States will pursue cooperative activities to the greatest extent practicable in areas including: space science and exploration; Earth observations, climate change research, and the sharing of environmental data; disaster mitigation and relief; and space surveillance for debris monitoring and awareness. -- Fact Sheet: The National Space Policy

Last September, President Obama's blue-ribbon commission on the future of human space flight bleakly reported that NASA simply lacked the money needed to return to the moon, much less go to Mars.

"The U.S. human spaceflight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory," stated the report. "It is perpetuating the perilous practice of pursuing goals that do not match allocated resources."

Also See:
NASA Budget Cut by Congressional Committee
No Money, No Mars, No Moon, Spaceflight Panel Finds

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July 7, 2010 at 7:22 am
(1) HotConflict says:

Why would the US government go to the trouble of making contact with the Muslim world about outer-space!

Is it possible that the Muslims do actually KNOW something?
Are the Jinns from ancient Muslim tales actually Aliens?
The disclosure about other worlds and life is eminent however the truth about the Muslim world is also coming closer.

July 7, 2010 at 11:34 am
(2) Linda says:

Just got back from a visit to the Kennedy Space Center where it was obvious even to this lowly visitor/tourist that NASA is past its glory days. When you see exhibits/historic videos/IMAX films that show the former passion for space exploration and the fervor of a government dedicated to enhancing and funding a space program, it’s almost painful to realize how little of that is left in present-day society. NASA needs not just money but the support of a nation that recognizes that STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education is an essential part of future development and growth.

July 8, 2010 at 8:18 am
(3) Mo says:

President O needs to get his priorities in order. The US needs him to focus on the economy, jobs and security of the nation, not making nice with the Muslim world via NASA. His solipsistic ways are making this nation weak and leading it down the path of destruction. Pres O is clueless as to why he was elected!

July 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(4) James says:

For future generations, this is what happens when you elect a president without knowing anything about the man, we don’t even know if he is an American citizen, oh, he says that he is, but so does every illegal walking the streets, they will say that they are but they can’t prove it, I don’t believe them and I don’t believe this president. This president is the worst that we have ever had and he’s still got 2 1/2 years left in office.

July 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(5) call me Roy says:

Oh my God, he is a muslim

July 9, 2010 at 10:03 am
(6) NASA says:


“Wish You Weren’t Here:
Obama uses NASA to reach out to the Muslim world, while plans to build more mosques in America spark outrage.”

July 13, 2010 at 9:27 am
(7) xxx says:

Hussain Obama will bring destruction to the American Nation, the only thing making America big itís the attitude toward excellence(=NASA), in these critical moments excellence is the only shining American star, America shouldnít try and share it with Muslim countries, they will just drag her down, muslim countries had other issues such as : human rights, womenís rights, racism, democracy, freedom, basic respect to others and much more- let them start from there, thatís there path to knowledge.
OBAMA will bring USA to its lowest point ever

July 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(8) Angry Woman says:

Obama makes me feel HOPELESS. He is a Muslim in word & deeds. He is serving Israel up on a platter for the Muslims to destroy. I knew when it came out that the preacher whose teaching he sat under for 10 years and was his mentor was a pro-Palestinian, America bashing bigot, that we were in big trouble.

Obama bows & kisses their rings. He won’t wear an American flag pin or sing the national anthem. I think he is ashamed to be an Anerican and doesn’t even comprehend the sacrifices our military made to keep this country free. He views himself a citizen of the world, not an American patriot. That’s pathetic.

This NASA business is typical of his behavior, part of his pro Muslim agenda. America bought a pig in a poke and it’s time to throw him out before he does any more damage.

January 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(9) CONCERNED says:


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