The US Senate in all of its august wisdom has installed Rep. Jim Bridenstein to be the head of NASA:
“Typically, NASA administrators are chosen from within NASA’s ranks, come up through the military, or have a background in science. Bridenstine has none of that. His qualifications: He’s former Navy pilot who once ran the Air and Space Museum in Tulsa. He also sits on the House Committee that oversees NASA. The third-term representative is now the first member of Congress to hold the administrator job.”
Bridenstein, aside from his obvious qualifications of running the Tulsa Air and Space Museum into the red is also a climate change denier, which seems to be a hobby of Republicans from Oklahoma, along with financial shenanigans. (Looking at you, Scott Pruitt.) That said, there is some glimmer of hope:
“As a politician, Bridenstine has hedged on climate change, an issue NASA scientists study and track in many different ways. During his confirmation hearing in November, Bridenstine agreed that humans are the driving force behind climate change, but he would not agree with the assertion that human activity is the primary cause of it. It’s an odd position to hold as the leader of an agency that provides some of the most comprehensive data on climate change in the world…
“…On earth science issues, Bridenstine has expressed enthusiasm about supporting research when it comes to weather forecasting. “My constituents get killed in tornadoes,” he once said at an industry conference. “I care about space.” And during his confirmation hearing, he said he wouldn’t let politics interfere with earth science research.”
Anyway the articles indicate that he is more interested in space exploration than in using NASA technology to study the earth. Like Noot, he has called for a permanent US Moon Base, and if he can find a way to launch Noot into space, then maybe it will all be worth it?