Trump’s campaign removes ad in space topics due to complaints from former astronaut, others

The “Make Space Great Again” ad was a few minutes long and featured clips of speeches by former presidents John F. Kennedy and Trump and footage of astronauts launched into space from U.S. soil last Saturday for the first time in nearly a decade, but NASA has strict regulations for ads posted on your website.
“As a government agency, NASA will not promote or support or appear to promote or support a commercial product, service or activity,” site reads, “Astronauts or employees currently employed by NASA may not have their names, similarities, or other personality traits displayed in any advertisement or marketing material.”

Karen Nyberg, a retired astronaut married to Doug Hurley, one of the astronauts on the SpaceX rocket launched this week, also complained about what was placed in the ad without her consent.

“It is disturbing to me that the video image of me and my son is being used in political propaganda without my knowledge or consent. That is wrong,” she tweeted.

Trump traveled to Florida on Saturday to watch the successful launch of NASA / SpaceX and gave a speech at the Kennedy Space Center, saying “the United States has regained our place of prestige as a world leader.”

The president continued, “You can’t be number one on earth if you’re number two in space” and that “we’re not going to be number two anywhere.”

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

It’s unclear if NASA’s Jim Bridenstine, who accompanied Trump at last Saturday’s launch, was aware of the ad before.

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