Editorial: NASA asked to inspire Muslims

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(WOIO) - The millions of supporters of NASA and the American Space Program who were already mourning the decision by the current administration to scrap most future plans for space travel found themselves outraged this week when they heard NASA's Chief Administrator say that today's top priority for the space agency was to inspire Muslims. Well, you heard that correctly.

Administrator Charles Bolden in an interview said President Obama told him when he took the job that his foremost objective was to find a way to reach out to the Arab-Muslim world to help them feel good about their historic contributions to science, math and engineering.

Remarkably, the white house has stood by Bolden's comments.

Well, this is just one more nail in the coffin for the historically ambitious American space program, a "reach for the stars" effort that exemplified American ingenuity and enterprise.

Now in the age of inflated deficits and expanding social programs, it's vision for continued exploration of the heavens depends on the mercies of other nations.

The administration has made it clear we will travel in space in the future only as a member of a worldwide cooperative.

What is happening to NASA is a sad day for America and American individualism. That, by itself, may be enough to inspire the muslim world.

Write and let me know what you think. I'm Bill Applegate.

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