Biden names former Senator Bill Nelson new NASA chief

Bill Nelson. Photo: NASA

Paris, March 22, 2021. – US President Joe Biden has appointed former astronaut and Senator Bill Nelson as the new head of national space agency NASA, the White House has said.

Bill Nelson is appointed administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the government said.

The former U.S. senator served in public office for more than four decades, first in the state legislature and the U.S. Congress, and then as state treasurer, the White House said. He has been elected three times to the United States Senate to represent Florida; its committees understood the scope of government policy, defense, intelligence and foreign policy to finance, trade and health care.

As an astronaut, Nelson participated in the 24th flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1986.

Nelson chaired the Space Subcommittee in the United States House of Representatives for six years and in the Senate was chairman or non-commissioned member of the Senate Subcommittee on Space and Science and a ranking member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transport.

He also sits on the NASA Advisory Board today.