WASHINGTON — Former senator Bill Nelson formally became NASA’s 14th administrator in a short ceremony May 3.
Vice President Kamala Harris gave the oath of office to Nelson at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. Only a handful of guests and a media pool were in attendance, and the swearing-in ceremony was not broadcast live on NASA TV.
In brief remarks, Nelson thanked Harris and President Joe Biden, also former senators, for demonstrating “this kind of confidence in an old buddy from the Senate” by nominating him for the position. “It is indeed one of the high honors that anyone could have.”
Nelson didn’t discuss his plans for NASA either in those remarks or an agency statement later that day. “I want to thank Steve Jurczyk for his leadership as acting administrator over the past few months, helping to carry out the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities and ensure the success of NASA’s goals and missions,” he said in that statement. “You’ve seen the incredible accomplishments at NASA over the past 100 or so days — the proof is in the pudding.”
NASA highlighted those accomplishments in a news release April 29, moments before the Senate confirmed Nelson’s nomination by unanimous ...