David Coppedge, NASA Systems Administration

Artwork from Cassini Swansong Poster

A career cut short

by CEH

David Coppedge, B.S. Education, B.S. Physics, founded Creation-Evolution Headlines in late 2000 as a way to share science news he was encountering at NASA. It has grown into a highly-trusted source of news and commentary critical of the pro-Darwin consensus, providing analysis of breaking news of interest to creationists and evolutionists, without the Darwin spin. He has authored almost 5,000 entries at CEH since its inception.

David worked as a system administrator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1996 to 2011, almost all of it as a member of the Cassini team. For 9 of his 14 years at JPL, he was Team Lead System Administrator, responsible for most of the ground system computers for the prestigious mission to Saturn. He worked on the Cassini operations support team from before launch through cruise, tour, prime mission, first extended mission, and into the second extended mission, getting to know many of the world’s most elite planetary scientists. In addition, he led JPL tours and was a Cassini outreach speaker to civic groups and astronomy clubs.

Coppedge’s career was cut short by his advocacy of intelligent design. Sharing DVD’s on intelligent design occasionally with co-workers, he was accused by a coworker and reported to the Human Resources department, which accused him of ‘harassment’ and ethics violations. He was demoted from his Team Lead position and eventually terminated, becoming another member of the prestigious “Expelled” community…

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image credit: Original artwork based on Cassini swansong poster