NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine raised the idea that NASA astronauts could somehow be associated with commercial products in his address to the NASA Advisory Council a few months ago. After around 29 minutes he brings up the topic:
I’d like to see kids growing up instead of wanting to be a national sports star, I’d like to see them grow up wanting to be a NASA astronaut, or a NASA scientist. And so, how do we make that a reality? Don’t get me wrong, there are kids who want to do that, but it’s not nearly as prevalent as the sports stars. So we think about- I’d like to see- maybe one day- NASA astronauts on the cover of a cereal box, embedded into the American culture.
He begins the topic a little earlier and continues afterward.
My question is about the current status with NASA. Do astronauts currently need to retire from NASA before they can associate themselves with products?