Biden Nominates Nelson To Run NASA

President Biden Announces his Intent to Nominate Bill Nelson for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, White House

"Most every piece of space and science law has had his imprint, including passing the landmark NASA bill of 2010 along with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. That law set NASA on its present dual course of both government and commercial missions. In 1986 he flew on the 24th flight of the Space Shuttle. The mission on Columbia, orbited the earth 98 times during six days. Nelson conducted 12 medical experiments including the first American stress test in space and a cancer research experiment sponsored by university researchers. In the Senate he was known as the go-to senator for our nation's space program. He now serves on the NASA Advisory Council."

Keith's note: Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine today released the following statement after the Biden administration nominated Senator Bill Nelson to lead NASA.

"Bill Nelson is an excellent pick for NASA Administrator. He has the political clout to work with President Biden's Office of Management and Budget, National Security Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and bipartisan Members of the House and Senate. He has the diplomatic skills to lead an international coalition sustainably to the Moon and on to Mars. Bill Nelson will have the influence to deliver strong budgets for NASA and, when necessary, he will be able to enlist the help of his friend, President Joe Biden. The Senate should confirm Bill Nelson without delay."

How ironic. Nelson used every nasty tool he had to try to thwart Bridenstine's nomination. When Jim finally got in what did he do? He put Bill Nelson - who had been defeated in a re-election bid - on the NASA Advisory Council. There are so few class acts in politics and government today. Jim Bridenstine is one of them. Bill Nelson is not. Let's hope that Nelson is able to rise above his past and become non-partisan and non-parochial and that he runs NASA for the American people and not just for Florida or one big rocket.

- Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Comments on Bill Nelson's Nomination
- Chairwoman Johnson and Subcommittee Chairman Beyer Applaud Nomination of Senator Bill Nelson for NASA Administrator
- CSF statement on the nomination of Senator Bill Nelson (Ret.) for NASA Administrator
- The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration Congratulates the NASA Space Launch System Team as U.S. Prepares to Return to the Moon

- 2021 Bill Nelson Wants To Be NASA Administrator - 2017 Bill Nelson Says He's Not Qualified, earlier post
- Sen. Nelson's Effort To Undermine NASA by blocking Bridenstine, earlier post (2018)
- Bill Nelson Continues To Block NASA Administrator Nominees, earlier post (2009)

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