Biden nominates Bill Nelson, former astronaut and US senator, to direct NASAMarch 20, 2021
The announcement comes nearly two months after the previous head of the space agency, Jim Bridenstine, stepped down from the role, in January,by the Trump-appointed official.
Nelson will have to face Senate approval before taking the reins at NASA, but with reportedly widespread bipartisan support, he’s expected to coast through confirmation hearings.
Nelson was a member of NASA’s 24th Space Shuttle mission, in 1986, orbiting Earth 98 times over the course of six days, according to the White House press release. He also served on multiple subcommittees related to space and science during his time in Congress.