April 29th, 2021
On Thursday, April 29, 2021, the U.S. Senate confirmed Invoice Nelson by unanimous consent to be the following NASA administrator.
Nelson was formally nominated by President Joe Biden on March 19, 2021, to exchange the earlier administrator, Jim Bridenstine, who served underneath the Trump administration till Jan. 20, 2021.
A local of Florida, Nelson entered the position of NASA administrator as a profession politician, having served within the Florida Home of Representatives from 1972 to 1978, america Home of Representatives from 1979 to 2001 and america Senate from 2001 to 2019.
On January 12, 1986, Nelson grew to become the second lively member of Congress to fly into area, serving as mission specialist aboard area shuttle Columbia through the STS-61-C mission.
Nonetheless awaiting affirmation
On April 16, 2021, the Biden administration nominated former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy to be NASA’s deputy administrator. Nevertheless, as of Nelson’s affirmation, the U.S. Senate has but to schedule a affirmation listening to for Melroy.
No stranger to the spaceflight group, Melroy flew to area 3 times as pilot for area shuttle missions STS-92 and STS-112, in addition to commander aboard STS-120.
Earlier than becoming a member of the astronaut corps, Melroy served as an officer in america Air Power, the place she flew KC-10 tanker plane. She attended check pilot college in 2001, the place she was chosen to fly the C-17 till she was chosen for the astronaut program in 1994.
Melroy was additionally member of the Biden administration’s transition staff supporting transitional efforts in relation to NASA initiatives and packages.
Having a life-long curiosity in crewed area flight, Desforges’ ardour materialized on a household trip in 1999 when he was ready see the launch of House Shuttle Discovery on STS-96. Since then, Desforges has been an fanatic of area exploration efforts. He lived in Orlando, Florida for a yr, throughout which period he had the chance to witness the flights of the historic CRS-Four and EFT-1 missions in particular person at Cape Canaveral. He earned his Non-public Pilot Certificates in 2017, holds a level in Aviation Administration, and presently works as an Operations Analyst within the aviation business in Georgia.