Considering NASA's willingness to promote junk science these days it is surprising.
They awarded stuff more magnificent than t-shirts and ribbons ~ collection of gold and silver coins for example ~ and now they have become the agency for the Congress and MSM to trash for the next ten years.
Folks like the guys at NASA who run conferences will probably start by eliminating the doughnuts and chips, and certainly no tea service!
Those ribbons? Cherish them. There'll never be ribbons in the future ~ for anyone.
We had to pretend that Puerto Rico didn't exist for decades ~ just one conference, about 100 people, cheap hotel rooms, middle of a hot summer, and you'd thought we'd given away postage meters to street corner dope sellers.