Yes, it’s come to this. Lacking any human presence in space, or any meaningful plans for deep space exploration, but committed to making goat-herding nations feel better about themselves, NASA is now the preeminent social media agency, as long as it promotes sham science on Earth Day. From NASA Communications:
The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22.
While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, NASA invites you (and everyone else on the planet) to post a “selfie” on any of these five social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. You can also post your photo to the #GlobalSelfie event page on Facebook, the #GlobalSelfie group on Flickr or you can join the #GlobalSelfie Google+ event page. Need an idea of what kind of picture to take? Get outside and show us mountains, parks, the sky, rivers, lakes — wherever you are, there’s your picture. Tell us where you are in a sign, words written in the sand, spelled out with rocks — or by using the printable signs we’ve created that are available at the bottom of this web address: