Trump campaign removes video that broke NASA ad rules
President Trump’s reelection campaign has pulled a new ad this week after it appeared to violate NASA’s advertising rules, according to The New York Times.
The video released Wednesday included images of NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who on Saturday embarked on the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule in the first manned mission to outer space from the U.S. since 2011. It also included images of the astronauts’ families.
The video, titled “Make Space Great Again,” included footage of former President Kennedy’s speech in 1962 vowing to land on the moon by the end of the decade. It also included footage of the Apollo 11 mission, a 2018 speech from Trump vowing space achievements and the launch on Saturday, according to the Times.
The video is no longer available on YouTube and it does not appear on Facebook or Twitter, according to Bloomberg News. A NASA spokesperson told the outlet that they were not aware of the video until it was shared.
NASA’s images and videos are available freely for news outlets and noncommercial projects, according to the Times. However, the space agency states, “As a government agency, NASA will not promote or endorse or appear to promote or endorse a commercial product, service or activity.”
They also state, “Astronauts or employees who are currently employed by NASA cannot have their names, likenesses or other personality traits displayed in any advertisements or marketing material.”
A Change.org petition garnered over 7,100 signatures accusing Trump of “politicizing the accomplishments earned through many years of hard work by the NASA and SpaceX teams.”
Karen Nyberg, a retired astronaut who is married to Hurley, shared on twitter that she finds “it disturbing that a video image of me and my son is being used in political propaganda without my knowledge or consent. That is wrong.”
— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) June 4, 2020
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