Top Secret Astronomy


#1

NASA is advertising for a director of its James Webb Space Telescope, but you’ll need a Top Secret/SCI clearance.

Why might this be?


#2

#3

Maybe to make sure he won’t take high-res photos of spy satellites in their operational orientation?


#4

hubble can’t take pictures of earth, but james webb may be in a better position.


#5

I assume that is because they tell him the truth about the Electric Universe.


#6

Optics is some pretty serious stuff. It’s the new frontier of the signal corps.


#7

I assume it’s to do with spy satellite crossover stuff, but could it also be a way of restricting the job to Americans? Or more specifically they might have someone in mind and want an easy way to exclude other candidates.


#8

I assume it’s to do with spy satellite crossover stuff, but could it also be a way of restricting the job to Americans? Or more specifically they might have someone in mind and want an easy way to exclude other candidates.

It’s a high profile position, so a competitive process would benefit the scientific community. This may be a result of a persistent culture of overclassification, which is a cancer on democracy.


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