Trump’s campaign removes space-based advertising amid claims from the ex-astronaut, others

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The “Make Space Great Again” announcement lasted several minutes and included snippets of speeches from former President John F. Kennedy and Trump and shots from astronauts that were launched into space last Saturday from American soil for the first time in almost a decade, but NASA has strict rules for the ads posted on its website.
“As a government agency, NASA will not promote or endorse or appear to promote or endorse a product, service or business”, the site reads. “Astronauts or employees who are currently employed by NASA cannot have their names, similarities or other personality traits displayed in any advertising or marketing materials.”

Karen Nyberg, a retired astronaut who is married to Doug Hurley, one of the astronauts aboard the SpaceX rocket launched this week, also complained that he was featured in the announcement without his consent.

“I find it disturbing that a video image of me and my son is being used in political propaganda without my knowledge or consent. It’s wrong,” he tweeted.

Trump traveled to Florida on Saturday to witness the successful launch of the NASA / SpaceX rocket and to deliver a speech at the Kennedy Space Center, saying “the United States has regained our prestigious position as a world leader.”

The president continued: “You cannot be number one on earth if you are number two in space” and that “we will not be number two anywhere”.

The video no longer appears on the campaign’s YouTube channel. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is unclear whether NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who accompanied Trump to the launch last Saturday, was aware of the publicity ahead of time.

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