NASA absent from 2017 Inauguration Parade
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When President Barack Obama had his first Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20, 2009, NASA was placed dead last in the procession (even behind the “World Famous” Lawn Rangers). However, for the Inaugural Parade of Donald J. Trump, held on Jan. 20 of this year (2017), NASA was not represented at all.
When he was re-elected in 2012, Obama’s second Inaugural Parade saw the U.S. Space Agency jumped to the first half of the parade. According to a report on NBC 4 (Washington), the space agency’s Orion crew vehicle and Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity comprised NASA’s part in the 2013 parade.
SpaceFlight Insider reached out to NASA to find out why NASA wasn’t a part of the 2017 Inaugural Parade. NASA confirmed that the U.S. Space Agency was not part of the parade and we were asked to reach out to the White House. SpaceFlight Insider has reached out to the Trump Administration for a response.
While the Trump Administration might not have had space exploration represented in his Inaugural Parade, space was part of the 45th President’s big day. United Launch Alliance (ULA) sent the third Space Based Infrared System satellite to orbit. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida at 7:42 p.m. EST (00:42 GMT), SBIRS GEO 3 is designed to provide better awareness of missile launches.
Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.