Friday, 26 February, 2021


Congressman Bridenstine To Be Sworn In As NASA's Newest Administrator

Bridenstine Congressman Bridenstine To Be Sworn In As NASA's Newest Administrator
Kristine Garrett | 23 April, 2018, 21:06

A climate change denier with no scientific credentials is set to helm NASA, after he was narrowly confirmed by the Senate in a 50-49 vote. It will be interesting to see how Bridenstine directs NASA's next steps in not only returning to the moon, but going on to Mars and further in the exploration of deep space. President Trump first nominated Bridenstine this past September.

"The NASA administrator must be a consummate house skilled", Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., mentioned during a speech to the Senate floor Wednesday (April 18). "That is what this senator needs - an area skilled, not a politician, as the pinnacle of NASA". Bridenstine will now oversee an agency whose Earth Sciences Division is responsible for much of the satellite data used to investigate how human activity is driving global warming. But he isn't the very secretary of the bureau to deficiency a technical heritage, explained Logsdon, that cited Sean O'Keefe and James Webb as precedents.

And regardless of NASA's broad recognition throughout the ideological divide, the company will not be at some form of magical take away from politics, Logsdon added. It is just a government bureau.

"It hasn't been deeply partisan, nevertheless it's at all times been political", Logsdon stated. He said "the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept" an apology from then-President Barack Obama for what Bridenstine called a "gross misallocation" of funds for climate change research instead of weather forecasting. This 15-month stretch is definitely the longest functioned with an NASA principal.

Robert Lightfoot Jr. has been serving as NASA's acting administrator since January 30, 2017.

The affirmation may make it simpler for NASA to get issues executed, as a result of the brand new chief may have extra clout with Congress, Logsdon stated.

"I wasn't enthusiastic about him but that wasn't the point", Flake explained.

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