NASA Intern Loses Job After Tweeting Vile Insult Toward Space Council Member


A woman’s internship at NASA reportedly didn’t make it off the launch pad after she tweeted a vulgar insult at one of the space agency’s most iconic figures.

The unidentified woman, using the Twitter account “@NaomiH_official,” expressed her excitement about the job Monday by declaring, “Everyone shut the f— up. I got accepted for a NASA internship.”

Another Twitter user offered a one-word response: “Language.”

“NaomiH” dismissed the criticism, saying, “Suck my d— and b—s I’m working at NASA.”

“And I am on the National Space Council that oversees NASA,” he tweeted back.

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She apparently didn’t realize she was directing her invective at Homer Hickham, an author and former NASA engineer who is very well known in space circles. The 1999 film “October Sky” was based on Hickham’s acclaimed memoir, “Rocket Boys.”

“During his NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in spacecraft design and crew training,” the space agency says in a biography of Hickham on its website. “His specialties at NASA included training astronauts on science payloads, and extravehicular activities (EVA). He also trained astronaut crews for many Spacelab and Space Shuttle missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission, the first two Hubble repair missions, Spacelab-J (the first Japanese astronauts), and the Solar Max repair mission. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hickam was the Payload Training Manager for the International Space Station Program.”

Hickham is still involved with NASA, as he informed “NaomiH.”

Screen shots of their Twitter exchange went viral.

According to Newsweek, Hickham said in a blog post Tuesday he learned she had lost her internship. (The post apparently was deleted but was archived on Google as of Thursday morning.)

However, he said he took no action to make that happen.

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“Recently, it was called to my attention on Twitter that someone was being hired by NASA and that they were using the F-word in a tweet about it,” Hickham wrote.

“I’m a Vietnam vet and not at all offended by the F-word. However, when I saw NASA and the word used together, it occurred to me that this young person might get in trouble if NASA saw it so I tweeted to her one word: ‘Language’ and intended to leave it at that.

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“Soon, her friends took umbrage and said a lot of unkind things but long after I was gone as I immediately deleted my comments and blocked all concerned.

“Later, I learned she had lost her offer for an internship with NASA. This I had nothing to do with nor could I since I do not hire and fire at the agency or have any say on employment whatsoever.

“As it turned out, it was due to the NASA hashtag her friends used that called the agency’s attention to it long after my comments were gone.”

Hickham said in the blog post that he had spoken with the woman and she apologized for her comments. He said he was impressed by her resume and was doing “all I can” to help her find another position in the aerospace industry.

In the meantime, “NaomiH” has set her Twitter account to private.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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