Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Chief

Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Chief”

Bridenstine, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma, was confirmed in a squeaker - 50 Republicans voting in favor and 48 Democrats and two independents voting no, the New York Times reported.

Bridenstine takes over a space agency with a budget of nearly $21 billion and centers around America, including the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

"The Coalition looks forward to working closely with Administrator Bridenstine and his team to support NASA's human exploration and space science programs".

Bridenstine, 42, is a former Naval aviator that has represented his Tulsa-area district since 2013 and has been a strong advocate of space commercialization.

He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Over the next several years, NASA will launch Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion on Exploration Mission-1, return American astronauts to deep space on Exploration Mission-2, begin building the Gateway in Lunar orbit, restore US crew transportation to the International Space Station (ISS), launch the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Mars robotic missions, as well as return robotic landers to the surface of the Moon for the first time in almost 50 years. "That space professional ought to be technically and scientifically competent, and a skilled executive".

Bridenstine served as a U.S. Navy pilot on active duty for nine years, followed by four years in the Navy Reserve where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm gulf air.

"I'm very pleased to welcome Jim Bridenstine to NASA", said Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot Jr.

"I wasn't enthusiastic about him but that wasn't the point", Flake explained. "I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the NASA team for all they accomplished during my time leading the agency".

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