NASA Chief : Next Frontier? Better relations with muslim nations of course...

NASA Chief : Next Frontier? Better relations with muslim nations of course...

- July 05, 2010

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me 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," Bolden said in the interview.

The NASA administrator was in the Middle East last month marking the one-year anniversary since Obama delivered an address to Muslim nations in Cairo. Bolden spoke in June at the American University in Cairo -- in his interview with Al Jazeera, he described space travel as an international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part.

"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)," he said. He held up the International Space Station as a model, praising the contributions there from the Russians and the Chinese.

However, Bolden denied the suggestion that he was on a diplomatic mission -- in a distinctly non-diplomatic role.

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

He said the United States is not going to travel beyond low-Earth orbit on its own and that no country is going to make it to Mars without international help.

Bolden has faced criticism this year for overseeing the cancellation of the agency's Constellation program, which was building new rockets and spaceships capable of returning astronauts to the moon. Stressing the importance of international cooperation in future missions, Bolden told Al Jazeera that the moon, Mars and asteroids are still planned destinations for NASA.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 2:23 PM

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One more part

of the hidden Obama agenda gets exposed.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 2:31 PM

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Now if it is

sending Muslims into outer space en masse, now that I can get on board with. This bullshit about the NASA cheif spreading happy feely diplomacy for the liberal left is absurd!

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 4:24 PM

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How is this even in NASA's arena? Muslim extremists, not all Muslims, but Muslims extremists only know one thing....violence. You can't reach people who only know violence through feel good messages. Yes, lets reach out to these people and get our hands bit off. Yea, there were contributions by Muslim faith scientist and mathmaticians, but they aren't the same people strapping bombs to themsleves. Even the smart ones amoung them have some crazy ideas about America and Isreal that scare me to death. I was good friends with one in college and she was bright, very bright, but some of her ideas made me step back a bit. I'm sure the Obamanation has put this forward to alot more agencies. Go home to Kenya and peddle your agenda Obama!

4 years 6 weeks ago, 4:33 PM

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Our knowledge of rocketry and trajectory and a whole host of shit that you and I will never know is now in the hands of jihad screaming lunatics!
Fuck! I WAS in a good mood.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 5:40 PM

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Yeaaah... I can see the headline now "Nasa hands over the controls to the space shuttle to a muslim pilot for the 1st time ever" and he intentionally crashed it into the whitehouse.

Nothing is as risky as certain failure.
4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:13 PM

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the right direction, crashing the space shuttle into the whitehouse that is......Hmmmmm!

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:30 PM

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I don't get it? What's the friggen point of getting friendly with these people?

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:40 PM

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Mike, I believe that

him is one (Obamarama), I figure that to be the point.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:55 PM

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I know I read that recently.
Only a few missions left.

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I bet Israel

is just thrilled that they might get the missle knowledge.

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