NASA has just opened up its annual nominations for people to man its five different federal advisory committees. Does this mean you can quit your job flipping burgers and nominate yourself to help advise the NASA administrator on space policy and projects? Nope. But if there is a famous academic, writer, or Hollywood superstar who you think could make some great contributions to NASA, here’s your chance to get them in Charley Bolden’s Rolodex.
Open to the public once a year, the nominations are for replacement candidates on the NASA Advisory Council, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, ISS Advisory Committee, the ISS National Laboratory Advisory Committee, and the National Space-Based Positioning Navigation and Timing Advisory Board. These are all advisory boards, so these people will not be making policy, just suggestions that NASA can then ignore at their whim. While you can certainly nominate yourself to a position on the committees, the likelihood of you getting in if you aren’t either an expert in the field being discussed or famous, is pretty much non-existent.