NASA Shoots Down Petition to Rename New ‘Homophobic’ Space Telescope
After two decades in construction, James Webb Space Telescope is on its way to its launch site.
In a rare departure from the woke policies of the Biden Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is rejecting the demands of LGBTQ-activists and diversity-inclusion minions to change the name of the James Webb Space Telescope.
The telescope, which will be the successor to the iconic Hubble telescope, was named for Webb, who was the second appointed administrator of NASA who oversaw all the critical first manned launches in the Mercury through Gemini programs. Of course, the social justice warriors are claiming homophobia.
NASA does not plan to rename its new $10 billion technological marvel, the James Webb Space Telescope, despite concerns about it being named after former NASA administrator James Webb, who went along with government discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the 1950s and 1960s.
The space agency tells NPR it has investigated the matter and decided to keep the telescope’s name as is, ahead of the long-awaited launch in December.
“We have found no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope,” says NASA administrator Bill Nelson.
The histrionic demands were set forth in a petition, which managed to garner about 1200 signatures.
Before becoming NASA chief, “Webb served as the Undersecretary of State during the purge of queer people from government service known as the ‘Lavender Scare.’ Archival evidence clearly indicates that Webb was in high-level conversations regarding the creation of this policy and resulting actions,” the petition states. “As we have noted previously, Webb’s legacy of leadership is complicated at best, and at worst, complicit with persecution.”
Putting Webb’s name on such a high-profile mission — NASA has billed the observatory as the successor to its iconic Hubble Space Telescope — sends a troubling message about the agency’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, the petition’s creators say.
“We, the future users of NASA’s next-generation space telescope and those who will inherit its legacy, demand that this telescope be given a name worthy of its remarkable discoveries, a name that stands for a future in which we are all free,” the petition reads.
Scientific American, a publication that has devolved into neither, joined in the overweening demands that lack any sense of proportion, reason, or historical perspective.
Webb was in leadership as the lavender scare unfolded. Additional archival evidence, easily found by Columbia University astronomer Adrian Lucy, underlines Webb’s role as a facilitator of homophobic policy discussions with members of the Senate. In particular, in 1950 assistant secretary of state Carlisle Humelsine submitted a set of memos to Webb that included “objectives and methods of operation of the Senate Committee established to look into the problem,” which Webb then shared during a meeting with Senator Clyde Hoey of North Carolina. The records clearly show that Webb planned and participated in meetings during which he handed over homophobic material. There is no record of him choosing to stand up for the humanity of those being persecuted.
As someone in management, Webb bore responsibility for policies enacted under his leadership, including homophobic ones that were in place when he became NASA administrator. Some argue that if Webb was complicit, so was everyone working in the agency’s administration at the time. We agree. But NASA is not launching a telescope named after its entire administration.
Happily, after 20 years of construction, the James Webb Space Telescope is heading to its launch site for a December takeoff.
A ship carrying the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope left a port in Southern California last weekend to begin a nearly two-week journey to Kourou, French Guiana, where it will begin final preparations for launch Dec. 18 on a European Ariane 5 rocket.
“The James Webb Space Telescope is finished,” said Paul Hertz, head of NASA’s astrophysics division, in a presentation to the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee earlier this week. “We’ve stopped working on it. It’s on the way to the launch pad for a launch on Dec. 18.”
Eric Smith, NASA’s program scientist for the Webb telescope, confirmed Wednesday the observatory has departed the United States after completing final testing at a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California.
“We are in transit to Kourou, having left the continental United States now,” Smith said in the advisory committee meeting.
Webb died in 1992 at the age of 85 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I would not be surprised to see petitions eventually asking that Webb and others who do not conform to the standards of woke activists be exhumed and reburied elsewhere.
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I am 100% behind lgbtq
Les’s get biden to quit
No, I’d rather not be behind any member of the LGBTQ. And especially don’t want any one of them behind me.
Lets all call it the Harvey Milky Way.
Is it just a coincidence that this would create the “Webb/Hubbell Telescope Dynasty?”
Protest something that “allegedly” took place 60-70 years ago, but totes okay with an ecoterrorist as head of BLM…….
Oh, and FJB.
How many of those raising the fuss are actually homosexual? Just a theory but, I suspect that as in so many social justice issues, it is ugly, obese, shrill white women no man would even consider for a coffee date much less anything else.
it is ugly, obese, shrill white women
All woke posturing is just one of:
Women jockeying for status within the herd;
Predatory men mimicking the above in the hopes of getting laid;
Politicians who have figured out that by pandering to the above they can get elected.
Woke moralizing is this year’s hemlines.
The LGBTQ industrial grievance complex doesn’t speak for the majority of gay Americans
Try telling that to it, or the drive-by-media though….
OT for sure,
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What do we really know about Abraham Lincoln and his views on LGBTQ issues? Did he ever discuss Socrates and other Greeks who were sentence to death for “corrupting youth?” Just because the Log Cabin Republicans have been named after his birthplace will not save him if the archival record is not a complete exoneration.
I am not sure, but I think at the time homosexuality was a crime in most countries, including most of American states. Thus, it was perfectly OK to be against it.
AND it made it a security issue, as exposure would cause approbation and loss of position.
NASA required a security clearance, and being homosexual opened you to blackmail, so you couldn’t get a security clearance. End of story.
With rational inclusion of the transgender spectrum (LGBTQ), the human spectrum just got brighter. The genderphobes are woke and drowsy, and the rest of society is waking to their politically congruent bigotry. Separation of PC and State.
the human spectrum just got brighter
Just the opposite.
What does your post mean? I can’t figure it out.
There’s a lot of that going around.
Let’s celebrate the conservation of rational choice with a parade of lions, lionesses, and their unPlanned cubs playing in gay revelry.
I propose we rename Martin Luther King Jr Day because Martin Luther was a white man with an all-white congregation and did nothing for black people. Let’s replace it with Washington’s or Lincoln’s birthday.
Now they just have to placate the National Dairy Council, who is livid over the telescope’s oleophobic coating.
Next up, from the carnival clown bin of Dhimmi-crat lunacy — the telescope’s roughly phallic shape is offensive to “transitioning” trannies, and must be re-designed.
Not the former Navy Secretary and US Senator, apparently. That one is still alive and as anti-semitic as ever.
This should be the name of the next space telescope: “I’m afraid of Homosexuals Telescope.” It would be clearer to everybody.
How about we just 12,000–not 1200–signatures demanding that the name stays Webb? Should be able to do it by lunchtime.
I am amazed that NASA admits it has taken 20 YEARS to create a telescope that private industry would deliver within 1-2 years. We have wasted billions on this (Probably now) outdated technology. Who could possibly be proud of this “achievement.”
Well, I believe that either Lockheed Martin, and/or, Northrop Grumman, are the lead contractors on this thing, so, the production is private sector-led. That it’s taken this long to make the telescope is more of a testament to the technical challenges involved, and, less a statement about NASA’s incompetence.
Yeah but NASA managed it…. if it were done at Skunkworks, PRIVATELY, by Lockheed. It’d be done in a couple years at a 1/5 of the price tag. It’s the bureaucracy that eats the resources. NASA is an utter clown show now.
Agreed — no argument, there. Cutting out NASA is like cutting out the middle-man, in any transaction. Major efficiency gains, ensue.
I’m all for changing it. I propose calling it the Von Braun Telescope. Let’s see how the woke folks handle that.
Lol…. that could be “triggering” as they say.
That’s fine, as long as you don’t care where it comes down.
Thanks God sanity prevailed… it’s time to end gaystapo terrorism. Webb was a key figure in NASA’s key successes. What has the LGBTQ community contributed to science and the exploration of space, besides griping, gnashing their teeth and beating their breasts…. absolutely nothing. NASA’s heyday was in the 1960’s during the Apollo Mission’s. The greatest engineering achievement in the History of Man, and now? Phhhhft.