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NASA is investigating the placement of advertisements on missiles, which astronaut notes: report

FILE name: An astronaut in the International space station seen in the previous week.

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A NASA spacecraft that Mars could ever have a Mars chocolate bar logo plastered in one of his wings.

NASA has called for a new commission to explore branding and endorsement opportunities, reports said Monday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the formation of a committee for the investigation of the “provocative questions” from the transform of missiles in the corporate billboards, as well as how ads wrap around NASCAR race cars, The Washington Post reported.

“Is it possible for NASA to offset some of the costs by selling the naming rights of his spaceship, or the naming rights to the rockets?” Bridenstine said in a NASA advisory council meeting on Aug. 29. “I tell you there is interest in that now. The question is: Is it possible? The answer is: I don’t know, but we want someone our opinion about if it is.”

He said that he also wanted astronauts to take part in the marketing and / or approval of opportunities, The Post reported.

“I would like to see children grow up, instead of maybe wanting to be like a professional sports star, I would love to see them grow up want to be a NASA astronaut or a NASA scientist,” he said. “I would like to see, maybe one day, NASA astronauts on the cover of a cereal box, embedded in the American culture.”

The White House said it would like to end direct funding for the International Space Station and about his activities to a private entity, The Post reported.

Bridenstine said that he wants the newly-formed committee to explore flying tourists to the International Space Station alongside government astronauts.

Critics have also begun to push back against the idea. NASA fans will also see the agency as a “refuge of the interests of business,” The Verge reported.

Product placement can help power NASA’s next big space mission https://t.co/5Dj33zdwVP pic.twitter.com/6GuMK5ZxJN

— The Verge (@verge) September 11, 2018

“For better or for worse, one of the things that the space has encouraged, is the idea of the space which is something of a pristine atmosphere,” Robert Pearlman, a space historian, told The Verge.

“We have to leave our problems behind, and for some people, the branding has gone overboard here on Earth. That is one of the objections that might be raised,” Pearlman, founder of the website CollectSpace, it said.

Notes would probably offset only a fraction of NASA’s largest projects, which run in the hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, according to the report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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