Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Bolden New NASA Administrator?
President-elect Barack Obama is said to be considering former NASA astronaut and retired Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr., USMC, as the new NASA administrator according to long-time space correspondent Jay Barbree of NBC.
However, Space News Examiner's Patricia Phillips reports that she has contacted Bolden who reportedly said: "I'm incredibly honored my name would be floated around. But nobody's talked to me, no one in an official capacity. And I haven't been contacted by the transition team." [video]
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Bolden's name "has been shopped around by Obama transition team members to various space industry leaders in recent days to gauge their reaction" and that Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is acting as the "champion" of the former astronaut to be the next NASA administrator.
The current head of Obama’s transition team, Lori Garver, is hoping to be deputy administrator, according to one report.