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Bridenstine to step down as NASA administrator

12 Nov 2020, 12:30 UTC
Bridenstine to step down as NASA administrator
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Jim Bridenstine, via his Facebook page as NASA administrator (@AdminJimBridenstine).
Current NASA chief Jim Bridenstine told Aviation Week this week (November 8, 2020) that he would pass on staying on as head of the U.S. space agency, under the new Joe Biden administration. As reported by Irene Klotz of Aviation Week, Bridenstine said he would not stay, even if asked to stay by President-elect Biden. He made these comments on November 8 – the day Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election – while at the Kennedy Space Center to greet the arriving SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts for a planned November 14 launch to the International Space Station (ISS). Bridenstine told Klotz:
The right question here is ‘What’s in the best interest of NASA as an agency, and what’s in the best interest of America’s exploration program?’ For that, what you need is somebody who has a close relationship with the president of the United States. You need somebody who is trusted by the administration … including the OMB [Office of Management and Budget], the National Space Council and the National Security Council, and I think that I would not be the right person for that in ...

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