June 4 (UPI) — Three U.S. astronauts from space at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, celebrating SpaceX’s delivery of U.S. astronauts from the U.S. mainland to the International Space Station three days ago, according to U.S. technology media. The brief ceremony was broadcast live on the big screen in Times Square, where NASA crews clapped as an American astronaut clocked on the International Space Station.
But on the same street, thousands of demonstrators gathered to protest racism and police brutality against black Americans.
This cognitive disharmony has spread to SpaceX’s first manned space flight, the first time in nearly a decade that NASA astronauts have made an inmission from the Continental United States. NASA has been waiting for this moment since the last shuttle landed in 2011, and now the agency wants to celebrate, and it wants the whole of the United States to celebrate. But if the U.S. space industry wants the world to pay attention to what the U.S. is doing in space, it must acknowledge how broken things are on the ground, and that there is still a lot of injustice in the United States.
As others have pointed out, There are strange similarities between SpaceX’s launch and the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. The assassination of Martin Luther King jr. sparked protests across the country. Space enthusiasts like to look back on the mission with tinted glasses as a light of hope during difficult times in the United States.
But the Apollo 8 mission did not solve the chaos. Similarly, while NASA must have tried to say so, SpaceX’s launch did not unite the united nation. “This is an amazing moment of unity for the United States,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a call with astronauts after the launch. “”It was an amazing moment… We can have very, very special moments, and we can all look to the future and say that tomorrow will be better than today. “
But what NASA and the U.S. space community often don’t understand is that space flight is still not inclusive. Watching launches can be fun and exciting, but they don’t always work for everyone. The space industry remains an expensive exclusive area, with the heads still predominantly male and white. In an age of pervasive racism and injustice, it is naive to think that launching a rocket can bring the public together.
Bridenstine also admitted that an important space launch would not “fix” the world. “I think the work NASA has done is amazing. It’s impressive, it really brings people together,” he said. “If the expectation that something on the ground will change because we fired a rocket, I think that expectation might be a little high. He went on to talk about how many people watched NASA and SpaceX’s launch live last weekend.
These numbers don’t matter now. Of course, the launch must have been a bright spot for those who briefly turned their attention to the rocket’s ascent. But if the space industry is to truly have an impact on the world, it must be deeply rooted in what is happening on Earth. The space world now seems to exist only in a bubble that has no effect.
While NASA acknowledged that there had been problems on the ground during the SpaceX launch, the statement touted the launch as a flash of hope during a difficult time. Meanwhile, the aerospace giants have remained silent, despite a series of statements by many other major industries in response to the protests in the United States.
Charles Bolden, a former astronaut and former NASA director, said on Twitter: “This mission will not bring us together, but it will take the people who follow this mission a step forward and shake hands with people they don’t know but have to trust.” “
The entire space industry now seems no different than usual. NASA and space companies continue to push ahead with many of the things they had planned, such as distributing major project contracts, making major announcements, and launching launch vehicles. But now the times are completely different. If the space industry wants to bring people together, it has to make people feel like they’re part of space, which means being aware of people’s lives on the ground. This means not only building vehicles that break the gravitational bondage, but also working to correct social mistakes.
Only in this way will people feel that they can come together and look forward to the star-studded journey. (Chenchen)