Senator Bill Nelson becomes NASA’s Administrator

by | May 4, 2021 | NASA, Seradata News, Space politics

After a much smoother passage of congressional acceptance that his predecessor Jim Bridenstine (he was confirmed by unanimously by the US Senate) the former Democrat Senator Bill Nelson was formally sworn in front of his family, former administrators Jim Bridenstine and Charles Bolden, and US Vice President Kamala Harris on 3 May 2021. The selection of former one-time payload specialist astronaut and recent NASA advisor has, nevertheless, been controversial.  At the age of 79, many wondered if Nelson could be too old for an executive job rather than his original advisory role. Bill Nelson is also seen to be very much “old school” in favour of large scale pure NASA-run programmes such as SLS rather than the more recent trend of using private firms to provide space transportation and technology. The Biden Administration has decided to retain the advisory National Space Council after it was brought back into existence by the Trump Administration. US Vice President Kamela Harris will head this body up.

Senator Bill Nelson (third from right) is photographed with his family after being sworn in as NASA Administrator. Also present was US Vice President Kamala Harris (right), former Adminstrator and Shuttle crewmate Charles Bolden (2nd left) – and remotely, Nelson’s immediate predecessor Jim Bridenstine. Courtesy: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

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