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Fake alert! Viral post claiming ‘58% employees at NASA are Indian’ is false

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Fake alert! Viral post claiming '58% employees at NASA are Indian' is false

A message has been going viral on various social media platforms claiming that 58% employees at NASA are Indian. It is part of a longer message claiming that the CEOs of several top American companies are Indian.


However, on the official site of NASA, one can find relevant information about it. The Data and Analytics Unit of NASA suggests that there are only 8% of Asian Americans (which includes Indians) or Pacific Islander which are the part of the total workforce at the agency.

The website states, “NASA employs nearly 17,000 people with diverse backgrounds. Seventy-two percent of NASA employees are White or Caucasian, 12 percent are Black or African American, 7 percent are Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8 percent or Hispanic or Latino; 1 percent are American Indian or Alaska Native, and less than 1 percent are more than one race.”

NASA Model Equal Employment Opportunity Agency Plan and Accomplishment Report state that there was an increase from 4.5% in 1996 to 7.4% in 2016 in the Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI).

However, this data is way far away from 58%. And to let you know, ‘Asian American’ refers to several Asian ethnicities and not only Indian. Hence the claim is false.

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