Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Via Slashdot, we are reminded that while there has already been a rather crass slue of space-related advertising tie-ins and governments are not the only participants in pushing exploration forward, but I’d still rather not see astronauts and rockets covered in corporate logos like NASCAR racers as the NASA administrator is directing his staff to look into.
While nothing is official yet, any change in stance towards allowing sponsorship or endorsement would signal a significant shift in ethics rules that prohibit officials using public office for private gain. I suppose it is a natural consequence of allowing a tabloid tyrant occupy high-office.  What do you think? This does not even get into the value of inspiration and aspiration that would be squandered by staring off into the “moral equivalent of the side of a bus.”