Bill Nelson has officially assumed the position of head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
US Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday sworn in the new head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bill Nelson. The official representative of the Deputy Head of the administration, Sabrina Singh, announced this on Twitter.
The ceremony was held in the so-called Eisenhower Administration Building, part of the White House complex. According to the Vice president’s office, the wife of the new head of the US Space Agency, Nan Ellen Nelson, his son Bill Nelson Jr. and two former NASA executives-Charles Bolden (2009-2017) and James Bridenstine (2018-2021) attended it. The latter, however, was present virtually. The candidate for the position of deputy head of NASA, former astronaut Pam Melroy, was also invited to the ceremony. A special flavor of the ceremony was given because a sample of lunar soil weighing 129 grams was delivered to the Eisenhower Building for its conduct. Members of the 16th expedition of the American Apollo program brought this lunar regolith to Earth in 1972. This project provided for the landing of a person on a natural satellite of our planet. According to the White House press pool, Bolden and Melroy held a laptop with which Bridenstine took a symbolic part in the ceremony. In a brief speech after taking office, Nelson noted that despite the alternation of Democrats and Republicans in power in Washington, the country’s space program demonstrates “continuity and bipartisanship.”