MEET THE LEADERS OF MOONBASE NEW COLOMBIA
Ishma Sarraf – Private Investigative Journalist
Today at 2:00pm NASA and SpaceX released the list of administrative personnel for Moonbase New Colombia. At the top of the list is Cpt. Mikaela Johnson as the Mayor. Ms. Johnson is an obvious pick due to her experience in missions on the ISS and other scientific vessels. Her work managing small teams is unparalleled, but is she truly ready to govern an entire town? Only time will tell. This does bring up some interesting points, though. What is the impeachment process on a Moonbase? The lack of a congress or other representative body for the habitation test means that this may, in fact, be an impossibility. All we know is that all administrative personnel will be under her command. Mikaela has not yet responded to our requests for an interview, so I'll have to do that at the press conference.
In charge of the workforce is Mr. Dale Perrington. Dale is mostly in charge of maintenance on the mission. He doesn't seem to take well to being a space janitor as my comparing him to Roger Wilco got me hung up on. Dale is a SpaceX supply chain manager and one of the few SpaceX personnel in a leadership role. Is NASA trying to tell us something?
Dr. Arashi Fui (though you may see his name Americanized as Fui Arashi) will be in charge of the medical staff. Dr. Arashi is a psychiatrist/therapist for NASA's astronauts and has written a number of papers on the effects of space travel on social dynamics and the human mind. Dr. Arashi was more than happy to be interviewed, but I have to admit that his research is over my head.
Dr. Lydia Jackson is in charge of engineering. While Dale is relegated to the rather humble role of building and landscaping maintenance, Dr. Jackson will be in charge of building and maintenance of the more technical aspects of the mission. Dr. Jackson is a relative newcomer to NASA, but boasts an extensive record in the field. She has expressed both her concern on the number of engineers she's been given and her confidence that it will not be a problem. Dr. Jackson was unavailable for interview but answered some of my questions over the phone.
Mr. Franklin O'Neal, SpaceX's security chief, is an odd choice. Having spent his career with SpaceX managing rent-a-cops he doesn't seem like the first pick one would have when choosing a Head of Security. I called him to ask for an interview and ended up with a date to a Persian restaurant on Saturday, so I can't doubt his social abilities.
I'll report in after the press conference before we launch.