Bridenstine sworn in as NASA administrator

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Nelson said he didn't hold anything against Bridenstine as a person, but "the administrator must be a leader who has the ability to bring us together to unite scientists and engineers and commercial space interests and policymakers and the public on a shared vision for future space exploration". "The president really believes, and I do as well, that NASA plays a critical role of giving expression to that pioneering spirit that is at the very heart of what it is to be an American", he said. Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of the White House National Space Council, will officiate. He was nominated by President Trump to lead the agency last September and was finally confirmed, by a single vote, last Thursday.

It will be broadcast on NASA TV and the agency's website.

At the ceremony, attended by family members and other guests, including Sen. He takes over NASA from outgoing acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, a career NASA engineer-manager who ran the civilian space agency after its previous administrator, former shuttle commander Charles Bolden, retired in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. "His legacy is one of commitment to our mission and leadership in all capacities". He is the first politician to be named NASA administrator, and his lack of professional space experience and technical education prompted criticism from Democrats. Bill Nelson, a ranking member of the committee, said; "While your time as a pilot and your service to our country in the military is certainly commendable, it doesn't make you qualified to make the complex and nuanced engineering, safety and budgetary decisions for which the head of NASA must be accountable".

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Rep. James Bridenstine, R-Okla., took the oath of office of NASA administrator Monday. DeWit was confirmed without debate by the Senate in March and had been on the job at NASA since early April.

Bridenstine said he was humbled by being given the opportunity to lead Nasa and would work hard towards fulfilling the president's dream of seeing America leading in space. The Senate approved his nomination last week by a narrow vote of 50-49.

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