Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Mike Bridenstine sworn in as NASA administrator

Mike Bridenstine sworn in as NASA administrator

Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of the White House National Space Council, will officiate.

"It is an honour to be confirmed by the US Senate to serve as NASA Administrator", said Bridenstine. "I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the President's vision for American leadership in space". "NASA represents what is best about the United States of America. I look forward to our journey together".

According to a Vox report, Nasa administrators are generally picked from within the space agency's ranks or are those who have a military or science background.

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Rubio had said that he'd prefer a space professional leading the agency, though some suggested the objection was based on Bridenstine's comments against him during the 2016 election.

Bridenstine resigned from the House of Representatives earlier Monday. Most administrators have been approved almost unanimously, but Bridenstine only got through by a single vote.

Bridenstine takes over from Robert Lightfoot, who had served as NASA acting administrator since President Trump assumed power in January 2017 and is set to retire from the space agency on April 30. Bridenstine is a former NAVY pilot of U.S. but does not have much experience and background on the science side.

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He now serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

During his Navy career, he accumulated 1,900 hours flying time and 333 carrier landings flying E-2C Hawkeye turboprops and, later, F-18 Hornets before leaving active duty to serve as executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. 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.

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