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The Trump administration is sucking NASA in a space-shaped bubble

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13.02.2018

There are times when I could get so angry about the way we are, the way society and the sciences are developing that I kid myself into thinking the best course of action is to take a deep breath, and do or say nothing until the moment passes. This is one of those moments. But I've decided to jot down a few words first - to flag a moment in history as it were (if that's not too conceited) - and say point-blank that the if the current commercialization of space activities doesn't hit a very hard wall very soon, then my name is Donald Duck.

So what's this about? Well, you may have heard that the US president, Donald Trump, wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially-run venture. And I'm left wondering whether he knows the ISS's location, or what it does.

Don't get me wrong. This is no "isn't he dumb" blurb, because if Trump's intentions are true (fake intentions, anyone?), then they come from a dungeon far darker and more densely populated than I care to imagine.

Trump speaks to his supporters and he's clever enough to have got himself elected, so let's leave that at that.

Furthermore, as an apparently exclusive article in The Washington Post suggests, citing a NASA document the newspaper says it's obtained, it is in fact the "Trump administration" that is "working on a transitional plan that could turn the station over to the private sector."

This should not surprise us. The US's National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which Trump signed into law last March, made clear his administration's desire to see more American space activity served to the........

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