The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has proposed former Senator Bill Nelson as the future administrator of the US space agency (NASA), at a time when the Administration has yet to define the ‘road map’ of a program that once again has the Moon in its sights.
The White House has highlighted the political work of Nelson, who has overseen the U.S. space race in the past from Congress. A member of the Democratic Party and a native Floridian, he is a strong supporter of NASA’s work and currently serves on the agency’s advisory board.
With Nelson’s appointment, Biden places a close ally at the helm of NASA and puts to rest speculation that a woman might be appointed, or at least someone who represents a new era in research, Nelson is 78 years old according to The Washington Post.
The renewal comes when the success of the arrival of the robot ‘Perseverance’ to Mars is still recent and with the ‘Artemis’ project already underway, with which the United States wants to take the first woman to the moon in 2024. The White House recently reiterated that Biden supports this initiative, promoted under his predecessor, Donald Trump.