WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed former Florida Sen. Invoice Nelson, who as soon as flew on a spacecraft, to be NASA’s subsequent administrator.
Lawmakers late Thursday evening agreed President Jo Biden’s alternative to steer the area company with out consent.
Nelson would change into NASA’s 14th administrator, succeeding Jim Bridenstein, one other former member of Oklahoma’s Republican Congress. Nelson at the moment serves on the NASA Advisory Council.
Nelson promised, when nominated, “assist lead NASA to an thrilling way forward for potentialities.” The area company is working to ship astronauts again to the moon this decade.
“Its workforce is characterised by optimism, dexterity and a willpower,” Nelson stated in an announcement. As we enterprise into the universe, NASA’s crew appears unlikely.
Nelson, 78, grew up close to Cape Canaveral and was serving as a Democratic congressman when he boarded the spacecraft Columbia on January 12, 1986. Their commander was Charles Bolden Jr., who later served as NASA’s administrator beneath President Barack Obama. Nelson’s insistence.
Precisely 10 days after their flight ended, the Area Shuttle Challenger failed instantly after liftoff and killed all seven astronauts.
Nelson, who holds a regulation diploma and is a former captain within the US Military Reserve, served six phrases within the Home of Representatives from 1979 to 1991. He was elected to the Senate in 2000, the place he served till the East after his defeat in 2018. Florida Authorities Rick Scott Scott.
AP aerospace author Marcia Dunn contributed to this report.