NASA Statement on Bridenstine Nomination to Become Administrator

Robert Lightfoot

The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Donald Trump of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine to serve as the 13th NASA administrator:

“I am pleased to have Rep. Bridenstine nominated to lead our team. Of course, the nomination must go through the Senate confirmation process, but I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition and sharing the great work the NASA team is doing.

“I look forward to working with a new leadership team, and the administration, on NASA’s ongoing mission of exploration and discovery. Our history is amazing, and our future is even brighter, as we continue to build on this nation’s incredible global leadership in human exploration, science, aeronautics and technology.”

Bridenstine, a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

  • Kirk

    Why has the administration taken so long to make an appointment? Robert Lightfoot is now the longest serving acting NASA Administrator, and Representative Bridenstinehad had his second interview for the position back in April.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Because they had more important things to focus on. It’s not like NASA is in crisis or at a turning point.

    Let’s be realistic. The SLS has gone to far to kill without a major battle no one is interested in. The ISS is on autopilot. CCP is drifting towards a conclusion in a year or two. A human mission to Mars is a couple a decades away as it always is. So does it really make a difference who is the current figure head for NASA?