President Donald Trump's re-election campaign showed a video with the launch of SpaceX and astronauts that appears to violate NASA media regulations.
The YouTube advertisement "Make Space Great Again", published on YouTube, showed footage from the Apollo program as well as a video of the groundbreaking SpaceX Demo-2 mission and NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, according to the website SpaceNews.com .
YouTube shows that the video has been removed from the uploader.
NASA generally allows the use of its images and videos, but prohibits the use of its astronauts' insignia and photos in advertisements.
"As a government agency, NASA will not advertise, endorse, or promote a commercial product, service, or activity, so there are strict restrictions on the use of NASA identities and badges in advertisements." The space agency's advertising regulations state.
"Astronauts or employees who are currently employed by NASA cannot display their names, similarities, or other personality traits in advertisements or marketing material."
Hurley's wife Karen Nyberg, a retired astronaut, and her young son were also reported to have been featured in the clip.
"I find it worrying that a video image of myself and my son is being used in political propaganda without my knowledge or consent. That is wrong," Nyberg tweeted.
A Change.org petition against "Stop Donald Trump politicizes the achievements of SpaceX and NASA" has so far attracted more than 6,000 signatures.
The New York Times described the video as "the President's recent effort to turn his responsibility for American space policy into an optimistic campaign problem."
The SpaceX mission, which was fired from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, was the first US spacecraft with crew in almost a decade.
Trump, who witnessed the launch, has restarted the race to recapture the moon and continue to the Red Planet.
However, the deadlines – 2024 and 2033 – appear unrealistic and have caused turmoil within the space agency.
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