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Trump's Presidency Sparks First Protest in Space



Donald Trump's polarizing presidency has sparked an increase in protests across the country and world, but now the resistance has extended to space. A small space network, called Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN), launched on Wednesday the "first protest in space," flying a poster-sized tweet from their Twitter account 90,000 feet in the air.

The protest was executed in honor of Yuri's Night 2017, a celebration of humanity's achievements in space, as well as the upcoming March for Science on May 22. ASAN's enormous anti-administrative statement tagged Trump's Twitter handle with the message, "LOOK AT THAT, YOU SON OF A BITCH." Considering the President's longtime love of Tweeting in all caps, this execution was perhaps the most effective method--well done, team.

Attaching the sign to a weather balloon, ASAN flew their protest high above the very planet Trump's administration has repeatedly dismissed, with proposed cuts to NASA's Earth science program and a regular denial of climate change. During Trump's presidential campaign, he infamously declared he'd do away with the Environmental Protection Agency, saying, "We're going to get rid of it in almost every form."

Though Motherboard notes ASAN's efforts didn't technically reach space, but "the near-space sphere" (330,000 feet would be considered space proper), this airborn protest gives us hope for the expanding potentials of political resistance. Watch, below.

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