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Press Releases :: May 23, 2009

Chairman Gordon, Chairwoman Giffords Comment on President’s Choice to Head NASA

(Washington, DC) — Today, President Obama announced his intention to nominate retired Marine Corps General Charles Bolden to be the next NASA Administrator. Gen. Bolden is a former astronaut, who flew on the shuttle four times. 

“Naming an administrator is a big step forward,” said House Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). “This is a critical time for NASA. The agency needs a strong leader at the helm to ensure it is able to meet the many challenges the nation has asked of it, while being good stewards of the taxpayer money. I am impressed by Maj. Gen. Bolden’s resume, and I look forward to learning more about him during the confirmation process, and working with him in his new role.”
“General Bolden is an inspirational figure,” said Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).  “As a veteran of four shuttle missions, General Bolden possesses valuable first-hand knowledge of our country’s effort to explore and understand the universe. As a decorated Marine, he exemplifies an ethic of service to his country.  His appointment comes at a critical time. The Committee is beginning work on a multi-year authorization for NASA.  We look forward to working with the Administrator, once he’s in place, to ensure that vital programs at NASA flourish.”
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