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#1 Nonny

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:38 PM

No Tax Dollars Went To Make This Space Viking Photo

http://www.npr.org/2...mpaign=20130805

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Scrutinizing the books of government agencies can turn up lavish parties or illicit trips at the taxpayers' expense. But not every investigation turns out that way. And when they don't, the hunt for waste can appear to be a waste itself.
Such appears to be the case with a recent inquiry involving NASA and Viking re-enactors...
Chirayath had a small grant from Stanford to take science-themed portraits. He was also working nearby at NASA's Ames Research Center. NASA and Vikings are sort of related — both are known for exploration (NASA's first Martian landers were named *).
And the Ames center had another connection to Vikings: *, the center's director, likes to dress like one.
"I had once seen Dr. Worden give a monthly talk at NASA Ames on sort of the state of all things cool at NASA, and he gave that talk in a Viking costume," Chirayath says.
Worden *, actually. He and a few other officials were game with Chirayath's plan for a Viking portrait in the marshes, so Chirayath rounded up some Viking re-enactors from the Internet. They agreed to do it for free. "We had all these Vikings come out that were just really enthusiastic about NASA and were just willing to help in any way they could," he says...
An anonymous concerned citizen contacted Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley with a lot of questions about the Viking photos: Were the people on the clock when they were doing this? Was there any taxpayer money involved?...
Jack Garrett, who leads the re-enactor troupe, denies receiving any inappropriate booty from NASA officials: "From a Viking standpoint, there wasn't much pillaging involved," Garrett says....

Guess how much it cost taxpayers to find out that the shoot cost taxpayers nothing?   :howling:

*all the links dropped out, and it's confusing enough to try to get half of any article to make sense, so just read it!  And check out the photo.  It's priceless!   :lol:

Edited by Nonny, 06 August 2013 - 05:40 PM.

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