Critical space theory? NASA announces the launch of ‘Mission Equity’

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. space agency that presumably should be following the science as its primary goal, has launched an initiative called Mission Equity that some critics have derisively called “critical space theory.”

Along with a brief video that was posted to social media featuring current NASA employees, NASA explained that its intent is to expand access to its programs, including how it selects vendors, to disadvantaged communities.

In a notice published in the Federal Register under the heading, “Request for information on advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities in NSA programs, contracts, and grant processes,” NASA is also seeking feedback from the public about how it can go about removing various barriers to entry as well as improving diversity and equal opportunity within the agency.

Climate change is also a component of Mission Equity because NASA wants to know “how agency resources and tools can assist in enhancing equity, including advancing environmental justice.”

“The agency’s new Mission Equity is a bold and necessary challenge for NASA to ensure our programs are accessible to all Americans and, especially, those living in historically underserved communities across the country. Because when NASA opens doors to talent previously left untapped, the universe is the limit,” NASA administrator and former astronaut Bill Nelson said.

Nelson was the former Democrat U.S. Senator from Florida who was defeated for reelection by Republican Rick Scott, the then-governor of the state.

Many see Mission Equity as another example of how the Biden administration is politicizing almost every corner of the government with a far-left, woke agenda.

As a precursor to Mission Equity perhaps, in August 2020, the agency announced that as guided by diversity/inclusion considerations, it was dropping cosmic nicknames for planets, galaxies, and nebulae that it considers insensitive, objectionable, unwelcoming, and possibly “actively harmful.”

The NASA video is more subtle and far less cringe-worthy than the much-ridiculed CIA recruitment video that was promulgated last month.

Hiring decisions can sometimes seem arbitrary or unfair, and there is plenty of room for improvement generally. In practice, so-called equity often results in equality of outcome rather than opportunity, however, which means that box-checking diversity gatekeepers in both the public and private sectors can overlook highly qualified individuals (or businesses) from all backgrounds and walks of life. Safety-sensitive occupations also come into play.

As Fox News host Tucker Carlson said back in March, despite the lofty rhetoric, “equality challenges power; equity protects power.”

Mission Equity is hardly having a soft landing on Twitter. Here is a sampling:


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