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US Senator Bill Nelson sworn in as NASA administrator

US Vice President Kamala Harris poses for a photo with Senator Bill Nelson and his family after he was sworn in as the 14th NASA administrator on May 3, 2021, in Washington. Credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Washington, May 4 (MNN) Senator Bill Nelson was sworn in as the 14th administrator of NASA by US Vice President Kamala Harris, the space agency said on Tuesday.

The ceremony was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Monday.

Nelson will lead the nation’s space programme as it carries out critical missions, including landing the first woman and first person of colour on the Moon with the Artemis programme, expanding climate change research, fostering innovation and enhancing the US economy and STEM workforce.

“Congratulations, Mr Administrator, for all the work you’ve done and all you’ve dedicated to our country,” Harris said.

“I couldn’t agree more that this has to be about our nation and what is best for our nation, unencumbered by partisan politics, but based on what we know is the right thing to do.”

“It’s an honour to be sworn in by Vice President Harris to serve as NASA administrator, and I look forward to a continued, strong relationship with her as chair of the National Space Council,” Nelson said after the ceremony.

As part of the swearing-in ceremony, Harris and Nelson were joined via videoconference by Jim Bridenstine, who preceded Nelson as the administrator.

Charles F Bolden, who served as administrator from 2009 to 2017 was personally present on the occasion along with Nelson’s family members.

“It’s an incredible time for the aerospace sector, and I’m excited to lead NASA’s workforce into an exciting future!”

The U.S. Senate confirmed Nelson to serve as the NASA administrator on April 29.

Prior to his nomination, he was a member-at-large on NASA’s advisory council.

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