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'Rogue' Science Agency Twitter Accounts Mock Trump-Ordered Restrictions

GOES-16 Earth & Moon
NOAA's GOES-16 satellite took this photo of Earth at 1:07 p.m. EDT (1807 GMT) on Jan. 15. It was created using several of the 16 spectral channels available on the GOES-16 ABI instrument. (Image credit: NOAA/NASA)

Two new Twitter accounts that call themselves "rogue" representatives for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have popped up over the past few days. The accounts, which have no official ties to either agency, are a response to the Trump administration's order for at least four government agencies to stop all communications with the public, according to The New York Times. Other government science agencies have started such "rogue" accounts as well; you can see a full list of the "rogue" feeds here.

On the space side, a trio of Twitter feeds (@RogueNASA, @Resistance_NASA and @AltNASA) have cropped up, though, as SpaceNews' Jeff Foust reports, NASA has not been affected by any restrictions on research or communications like those reportedly affecting the Environmental Protection Agency and others. For example, NASA's main climate change website,, remains online and shows the current global levels of carbon dioxide, as well as temperature-rise data and arctic and land ice changes.

The @RogueNASA feed bills itself as "the unofficial 'Resistance' team of NASA" and clearly states that it is not an official NASA account, as do the other "rogue" feeds. Tweets from the account have encouraged people to follow NASA's official Twitter accounts, such as @NASAClimate, @NASAEarthand @WomenNASA.

On the NOAA side, accounts such as @RogueNOAA and @AltNOAA have appeared. Like NASA, NOAA has not been affected by research and communications restrictions from the Trump administration — a fact highlighted by the folks behind @RogueNOAA: 

NOAA works closely with NASA on Earth observation satellites, weather tracking and climate research. The two agencies launched the GOES-16 weather satellite last November. 

On Monday (Jan. 23), NOAA unveiled the first spectacular photos of Earth by GOES-16 as it began its observation campaign. The images included an amazing "Blue Marble" view, as well as a jaw-dropping view of the moon and Earth as seen by GOES-16.

Meanwhile, scientists across the United States are drawing up plans for a march in Washington, D.C., in response to the Trump administration.'s sister site Live Science has full details on the scientists' march here.

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Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. In October 2022, Tariq received the Harry Kolcum Award for excellence in space reporting from the National Space Club Florida Committee. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. You can find Tariq at and as the co-host to the This Week In Space podcast with space historian Rod Pyle on the TWiT network. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter @tariqjmalik.