Politician who said politicians shouldn’t run NASA wants to run NASA

Politician who said politicians shouldn't run NASA wants to run NASA

Enlarge / Then Representative Bill Nelson (D-Fla., Bottom) being trained in zero gravity aboard a KC-135 with other trainee astronauts in 1985. To his right is teacher Christa McAuliffe, deceased with seven other crew members in the Challenger disaster.

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On Monday, a rumor that simmered in Washington for several weeks surfaced: Former US Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, is one of the main contenders to become NASA’s next administrator.

The Breaking Defense publication publicly shared the rumor on Twitter, noting that Nelson has a “strong” relationship with President Biden and understands how Congress works. Nelson, 78, lost his 2018 Senate reelection bid. He had served six terms as a member of the House of Representatives and three terms in the upper house.

Two sources told Ars that Nelson was doing everything possible to become a director and was leveraging his friendly relationship with Biden to do so. “It’s more than a rumor,” said a source. However, it is also not a done deal, because after the rumor there was a setback in space …

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