The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Bill Nelson as head of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on April 29. It is reported on the Clickorlando site.
U.S. President Joe Biden submitted Nelson’s nomination for Senate confirmation in March. He will soon be sworn in.
Nelson, 78, who is a member of the U.S. Democratic Party, has been elected to the Florida Senate three times. He served in the upper house of Congress from 2001-2019. From 1979-1991, he was a member of the House of Representatives of Congress. During his time in the Senate and House, Nelson chaired the space subcommittees, among others. He has served on NASA’s advisory board since 2019.
In 1986, Nelson flew on the Space Shuttle mission STS-61C. He became the second member of Congress in history and the first member of the House of Representatives to travel to space.
January 20, it was reported that the outgoing head of NASA Jim Bridenstein recorded a video message to thank his colleagues for working together and the results achieved.
November 11, Bridenstein announced his intention to leave his post in case of victory in the presidential elections for Democrat Joe Biden. He explained his decision by the fact that he would not be able to have a close relationship with Biden and enjoy the trust of the administration.