Woman loses NASA internship after vulgar tweet to Nat’l Space Council member

A woman reportedly announced her NASA internship on Twitter before cursing another user in a profane tweet. That user? Ex-NASA engineer Homer Hickam

A woman reportedly announced her NASA internship on Twitter before cursing another user in a profane tweet. That user? Ex-NASA engineer Homer Hickam

A would-be NASA intern lost her job before she even started, after a slightly raunchy celebratory tweet ran her into a former NASA engineer and member of the National Space Council advisory group - whom she promptly insulted.

A now-deleted thread began when Twitter user Naomi H celebrated her acceptance onto NASA's competitive internship programme with a profanity-laden post.

Another user, Homer Hickam, gently chided her, writing: "Language".

She went on to say: "Suck my d* a href="https://homerhickamblog.blogspot.com/2018/08/social-media.html?m=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" *a statement on his blog, Hickam said he's not offended by the f-word, but was anxious NASA might be".

"And I am on the National Space Council that oversees NASA", Hickam shot back.

That may have cost Naomi the very internship she was so proud of.

"Later, I learned she had lost her offer for an internship with NASA".

Be careful what you post on social media.

For the unknowing, the 75-year-old Homer Hickam is a Vietnam war veteran and an American author whose book, "Rocket Boys" (1998), was the basis for the critically acclaimed biographical drama film "October Sky", which starred Chris Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern in 1999.

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"I do not hire and fire at the agency or have any say on employment whatsoever", Hickam wrote. They have told me she may reapply.

He said that, through the NASA hashtag, a number of the comments came to the agency's attention.

You never know whose watching.

In a blog post, he explained that he was not offended by the language but thought she may get in trouble with NASA for using profanity while mentioning the space agency.

The engineer said the woman reached out to him with an apology, which he "heartily accepted".

"She deserves a position in the aerospace industry and I'm doing all I can to secure her one that will be better than she lost", wrote Hickam.

"Everyone shut the f-- up", she tweeted, Newsweek and Buzzfeed News report, citing images of since-removed tweets. Some Twitter users say that she was acting like a "twat" and deserved to get fired.

People online are calling Naomi H. a "furry" because of her twitter avatar.

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