First 'Protest In Space' Is Happening And Guess Who It Is Protesting

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The protest came about as a grassroots reaction to concerns about the Trump administration’s perceived war on science.

Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has been the focus of many protests, from the massive Women’s March in locations worldwide to people holding vigil outside Trump Tower in New York City to opponents lining presidential motorcade routes. However, the latest protest against the president was literally out of the world — it was executed in space.

The latest protest was launched by The Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN). The agency sent a weather balloon to space with a large cut-out of an anti-Trump tweet attached to it.

According to the agency, the protest was inspired by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was delightfully blunt about his view of politicians in the space age. Mitchell, who died last year at the age of 85, was the sixth person to walk on the moon.

Regarding his experience in space, Mitchell had said, "From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a b****."

 

However, the weather balloon only brought the tweet to near space in the stratosphere at an altitude of 90,000 feet, which is not considered space-proper but is in the near-space sphere.

ASAN is a worldwide space community that promotes DIY, local and independent space missions. The group further added that the protest came about as a grassroots reaction to concerns about the Trump administration’s perceived “war on science” and was also in solidarity with the upcoming March for Science.

The March for Science comprises a series of rallies and marches that are set to be held in Washington, D.C., and over 500 cities across the world on April 22.

The group also shared a two-and-a-half-hour video showing the airborne tweet’s amazing journey.

Twitter had a lot to say about the “protest in space.”

 

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