Senate unanimously confirmed Bill Nelson as NASA’s next head

Former US Senator Bill Nelson (Florida Democrat) was formally and unanimously approved by the Senate as the agency’s new administrator on Thursday (April 29).

President Joe Biden Nelson appointed as NASA’s new administrator last month. Nelson takes over from Acting NASA Administrator Steve Yurchik, who has been running the agency since the departure of previous administrator Jim Bridenstine. Bridenstine stepped down as head of NASA at the end of the Trump presidency in January 2021.

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