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The Trump campaign removes a space advertisement amid complaints from a former astronaut and others

The ad “Make Space Wonderful Again” was a several-minute announcement that included excerpts of speeches by former President John F. Kennedy and Trump and footage of astronauts launched into space last Saturday from US territory for the first time in nearly a decade, but an agency NASA has strict regulations for advertisements posted on its website.
“As a government agency, NASA will not promote a product, service, or commercial activity, The site reads. “Astronauts or employees currently used by NASA cannot display their names, similarities or other personal characteristics in any advertisements or marketing materials.”

Karen Neberg, a retired and married astronaut, Doug Hurley, one of the astronauts on the SpaceX missile that was launched this week, also complained about his appearance in the ad without her consent.

She said: “I find it disturbing that a video image of me and my son is used in political advertising without my knowledge or approval. This is wrong.”

Trump traveled to Florida on Saturday to see the successful launch of a NASA / SpaceX missile and give a speech at the Kennedy Space Center, saying, “The United States has regained its prestigious position as a global leader.”

The president continued: “You cannot be the number one on Earth if you are number two in space,” and that “we will not be number two anywhere.”

The video no longer appears on the campaign’s YouTube channel. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is not clear whether NASA director Jim Pridenstein, who accompanied Trump at last Saturday’s launch, knew of the announcement in advance.

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