The “foremost” mission of America’s space exploration agency?

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Al Jazeera that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world. No, this is not a story from The Onion.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden: “When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he [Obama] charged me with three things.

One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.”

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