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Thu Mar 18, 2021, 03:44 PM

Biden to tap former Senator Bill Nelson as NASA chief

Source: The Verge

President Biden has tapped former Democratic Senator Bill Nelson for NASA administrator, according to three people familiar with the decision. Nelson, a politically experienced ally of the administration, would steer the space agency as it races to return humans to the Moon, bolsters its climate research and expands its reliance on a flourishing commercial space industry.

A former congressman and three-term US senator from Florida, Nelson would succeed former president Trumpís NASA chief Jim Bridenstine, whose past experience in Congress proved key in rallying support for the Artemis program, an ambitious campaign to use the Moon as a stepping stone for future astronaut missions to Mars.

Bidenís decision comes nearly two months after he took office and as the White House remains largely silent on rolling out any space policy agenda. Senate and NASA staffers who were informally briefed this week on Bidenís decision were told that a formal announcement on Nelsonís nomination would come this week, three sources said, speaking under anonymity to discuss private conversations before the announcement is made. Former astronaut Pam Melroy is being considered for Nelsonís deputy, one of the sources said.


Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/18/22337787/biden-nasa-chief-choice-senator-bill-nelson

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Reply Biden to tap former Senator Bill Nelson as NASA chief (Original post)
brooklynite Mar 2021 OP
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Thu Mar 18, 2021, 04:02 PM

1. Excellent

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Thu Mar 18, 2021, 04:03 PM

2. Astronaut, Bill Nelson, is a great choice!

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Thu Mar 18, 2021, 04:04 PM

3. This is great

It's important to keep up our momentum in space operations - I view space investment as part of our infrastructure investment. It's the infrastructure of the future. I think it's great Nelson and Melroy have both been to space.

I believe our Democratic administration should support NASA's efforts to stay on track for the Artemis program, while toning down the previous administration's go-it-alone style. Luckily, NASA's international partnerships have largely avoided partisan idiocy. Now if only we could work with the ISRO more, that would be great too.

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Thu Mar 18, 2021, 04:04 PM

4. Stellar choice!!!

Pun intended.

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