The U.S. space agency renamed its DC headquarters after NASA’s first black engineer, Mary Jackson, and celebrated with a song about “going out to Mars” even as the agency delayed the planned return to the moon.
Long just called “NASA Headquarters,” The building in Washington, D.C., was officially changed in honor of Jackson on Friday. She became the space agency’s first black engineer in 1958, seven years after joining her predecessor in the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA).
“The trip to Mars can only be understood through black Americans.” Poet and educator Nicki Giovanni is reading an excerpt from “Quilting the Black-Eyed Eyea” to open the names of the NASA headquarters building to Mary W. Jackson, our first African-American engineer. pic.twitter.com/MKY1J0V6cu
– NASA (@ NASA) February 26, 2021
While Jackson died in 2005 and was not known to have worked on Mars-related projects during her lifetime, poet Nicki Giovanni paid tribute to the engineer and celebrated the baptism of the building with a song about “Going to Mars.”
Because “We have rockets and fuel and money and stuff,” NASA will finally start sending humans to the moon again, Giovanni reasoned. The only reason NASA resisted was their lack of control – “They do not know if what they will send will be what they will get back”, she said.
The journey to Mars can only be understood through black Americans
This is not the first step related to a change in NASA’s name culture. In 2019, the agency unveiled the Artemis project as a more egalitarian complement to the Apollo missions, which aims to send the first woman (and first man in 50 years) to the moon by 2024. However, the Trump administration stopped playing discrimination. Games with the team, not yet selected.
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The previous US administration signed a contract in October to divide the “Using the Moon, Mars, Comets and Asteroids for Peace” With seven other countries, leaving Russia and China, which had more experience in lunar exploration. President Donald Trump appears to be gong-ho on space militarization with his space force, but it is unclear to what extent his successor Joe Biden plans to continue this project, which appears to have been promised to violate the 1967 outer space treaty by turning space into a field. Of battle – or even extraterrestrial NATO.
Biden himself was relatively quiet about his predecessor’s dreams of space exploration and exploitation, and wasted some time after his inauguration before sending more American forces to Syria. In light of the hawk cabinet he assembled, it seems that the president is less interested in fighting wars in space than in the tradition of his predecessors – fighting wars in the Middle East.
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