'Make Space Great Again': Trump Campaign's Short-Lived Ad Video Gets Savaged Online

© REUTERS / JOE SKIPPERA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken is seen before scheduled launch of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken is seen before scheduled launch of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.  May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Skipper - Sputnik International
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The campaign video in question reportedly violated NASA's guidelines which prohibit the use of names and likenesses of active astronauts in advertising or marketing material.

A campaign for the reelection of US President Donald Trump ended up getting flak after releasing a video ad which apparently violated NASA's advertising regulations on its astronauts' depiction, space.com reports.

According to the media outlet, the video, titled "Make Space Great Again" and which has since been removed from YouTube (as well as from the campaign's Facebook and Twitter pages), featured NASA footage of the first SpaceX launch along with "scenes of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley" who took part in the test mission and "their families bidding them farewell just before the flight".

And while a spokesperson for the Trump campaign reportedly argued that the video was made from publicly available sources, NASA's guidelines prohibit the use of names and likenesses of active astronauts (such as Behnken and Hurley, for example) in advertising or marketing material.

The video evoked a barrage of criticism when it emerged on social media, with Karen Nyberg, a retired NASA astronaut who is married to Hurley, tweeting that she didn't approve of her and her son's image being used in "political propaganda" without her knowledge and consent.

​Quite a few netizens voiced their agreement with Nyberg, some of them making rather unflattering remarks about the US president.

​And a change.org petition called “Stop Donald Trump politicizing SpaceX and NASA accomplishments”, which emerged in an apparent response to the video in question, has already accrued over 6,000 signatures.

​Some social media users, however, praised Trump's support of space exploration instead.

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