Wokeists Assault Space Exploration

NASA Advanced Space Suit Engineer Kristine Davis wears the xEMU prototype space suit during a presentation at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., October 15, 2019. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
Authors of paper submitted to NASA committee warn against human space exploration -- and of putting “violent colonial practices” into orbit.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n October 2020, NASA’s Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey committee received a manifesto from its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (EDIWG). Written by NASA Ames Research Center public-communications specialist Frank Tavares — along with a group of eleven co-authors including noted activists drawn from the fields of anthropology, ethics, philosophy, decolonial theory, and women’s studies — and supported by a list of 109 signatories, “Ethical Exploration and the Role of Planetary Protection in Disrupting Colonial Practices” lacks technical merit. It is, nevertheless of great clinical interest, as it brilliantly demonstrates how the ideologies responsible for the destruction of