At the same time, the official statement of the White House on the appointment has not yet been received.
The new head of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bill Nelson, believes that the appointment of Vice President Kamala Harris as chairman of the Space Council will strengthen the country’s leadership in this field.
“The Vice President is an ideal candidate to lead federal space policy, given that it is becoming increasingly complex and there are many countries in space,” Nelson said in a statement released by NASA on Saturday.
According to the head of the office, Harris “will coordinate the country’s efforts to ensure the continued leadership of the United States in space.” “This is an exciting time for our space program,” the statement said.
The National Space Council was created under the administration of former President Donald Trump. Kamala Harris said in a Twitter post on Saturday that she would be honored to lead the board. However, the official statement of the White House on the appointment has not yet been received. The 78-year-old Nelson, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of the United States at this stage, was elected three times to the Senate of Congress from Florida, where he was born and lives. He served in the upper house of Congress from 2001-2019. Previously, he was a member of the House of Representatives of the Congress (in 1979-1991). During his time in the Senate and the House of Representatives, he also chaired the space subcommittees. Since 2019, he has been a member of the NASA Advisory Board. In 1986, he made a space flight as part of the STS-61C mission as part of the Space Shuttle program. Nelson became the second-ever sitting member of Congress and the first member of the House of Representatives to travel to space.