First African-American Chosen To Lead NASA

President Barack Obama on Saturday named former shuttle commander Charles Bolden to lead NASA at a critical time for the space agency.

The White House has ordered a complete outside review of NASA's manned space program, including plans to return astronauts to the moon.

Bolden flew in space four times — twice as shuttle commander — and once was assistant deputy administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington. The 62-year-old Bolden left NASA in 1994.

If the Senate confirms Bolden, he would be the space agency's first black administrator and the second astronaut to hold the post.

Obama also announced that he was nominating Lori Garver to be NASA's deputy administrator. Garver was Obama's NASA transition chief and is a former associate administrator at the agency.

"These talented individuals will help put NASA on course to boldly push the boundaries of science, aeronautics and exploration in the 21st century and ensure the long-term vibrancy of Americas space program," Obama said in a statement.

White House science adviser John Holdren said in early May that the new panel will look at the design of new spacecraft to replace the space shuttle and go to the moon, as well as consider possible alternatives to the current design.

Also to be studied is the five-year gap between the shuttle's retirement and the new moon vehicles, with the first new space capsule flying in 2015. During that time, starting in late 2010, NASA would have to rely on the Russians for space travel. The review will look at extending NASA's use of the multibillion-dollar international space station beyond 2016.

NASA has spent $6.9 billion on its plan to return to the moon, which then-President George W. Bush presented as a response to the 2003 space shuttle Columbia accident.

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  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    Reality Check, everything in this country is based on race. That's why this country is so far behind every other one in education and other things.
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washinton Park on May 23, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    Why is this news? How many years will pass before we will stop focusing on the fact a black man as opposed to a white, hispanic, or asian, has been premoted to a position? When will people be recognized for their accomplishments and not whether or not their parents were of a particular race or ethnicity?
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    put him in charge of gm.I bet nasa is union. what a waste of needed money.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Naturally. Who better to lead No Assinine Space Agendas.
  • by zoban1 Location: AR on May 23, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    Wow $6.9 billion and we still havn't made it back to the moon yet. Wonder how many jobs could've been saved with that amount of money??

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