You may have heard about the White House's plans to privatise the International Space Station and turn low-Earth orbit into a place of business that NASA can become a customer of, rather than its sponsor. Now, according to an interview with The Washington Post, NASA's recently confirmed Jim Bridenstine has begun speaking to companies about how that might work.
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Earlier this month, President Donald Trump nominated Jim Bridenstine -- a Republican representative in Oklahoma -- as NASA's new leader. Like most people in this administration, Bridenstine actively supports ideas antithetical to his (soon-to-be) agency: he's an avid supporter of private space companies and denies that human activity impacts climate change. Now, Bridenstine wants to take a seemingly good idea -- studying Mars' weather -- and turn it into a misleading talking point about climate change on Earth. Probably.