Congrats Charles Bolden, Jr.!

25 05 2009

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Last Saturday, May 23rd, President Obama nominated Charles Bolden, Jr. to  be the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  When the Senate confirms this nomination, Bolden, Jr. will be the first African-American to head NASA.

Bolden, Jr. is a retired Marine Corps General who was a NASA astronaut for thirteen years.  He “logged 680 hours in space on four shuttle mission, piloted the shuttle and was mission commander on two from 1980 to 1994.”

John Logsdon, professor emeritus at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, has said, “Charlie Bolden is well known to everybody in the space community from the human spaceflight side of the house, where he’s had extensive shuttle experience, to the science people he worked with as he was part of the crew that launched the Hubble telescope.”


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