Biden To Tap Former Sen. Bill Nelson To Head NASA

Politico reports:

President Joe Biden is expected to nominate former Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida to lead NASA, settling on a longtime booster of the space program to lead the agency’s return to the moon, according to three people familiar with the decision.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that she had seen the reports, but did not have any personnel announcements to make, adding that serving as NASA administrator “seems like a cool job.”

Nelson, 78, who himself spent six days in orbit when he flew to space in 1986 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, served as the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee during his 18 years in Congress, where he was instrumental in establishing many of NASA’s current priorities.

Read the full article. Nelson narrowly lost his reelection bid to Rick Scott in 2018.