Image by Monica Fuentes based on photos by pahudson and Daniel Kramer Sen. Ted Cruz in charge of NASA might actually be good for the Johnson Space Center.
With his fancy new chairmanship, Sen. Ted Cruz is basically in charge of NASA. Shockingly enough, that might actually be a good thing for the Johnson Space Center.
We admit we had some reservations when we learned that Cruz had become chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, the senatorial crew that oversees NASA. After all, his views on things like climate change and other scientific-type stuff are most kindly described as what we've come to expect from the hard-right faithful of the GOP. (He probably doesn't believe that humans used to keep dinosaurs as pets, but we aren't 100 percent sure on that one.) Initially it was easy to look at his chairmanship as the end of any hope of real scientific work at NASA for the foreseeable future.
However, now that Cruz -- someone who belongs in the camp that believes global warming is, in SNL-parodying-Sarah-Palin parlance, just "God hugging us a little bit closer" -- has been charged with figuring out what NASA's priorities will be in coming years, we can see a silver lining for Houston's Johnson Space Center. So far Cruz has done exactly what everyone expected him to do, calling for an end to climate change studies currently in vogue at NASA in favor of space exploration. But the thing is, such a shift in NASA policy could be exactly what's needed to revitalize JSC.More »