NASA chief Bridenstine to leave under Biden administration

Katie Ramirez
November 11, 2020

In an interview with AerospaceDaily, Bridenstine said a new chief of the USA space agency under the new administration would be in the best interest of America's space exploration program.

When Washington, D.C. began reorganizing the political transition, Bridenstein told Aviation Week Daily defense On November 8 it will not continue under Biden.

Bridenstine's unwillingness to continue under the Biden administration gains significance especially in the context of NASA's ambitious goal of returning humans to Moon by 2024 under the Artemis program.

Riding the wave of nostalgia for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Bridenstein announced the # Moon2024 target in March 2019 with US Vice President Mike Pence.

The Trump administration pledged that NASA would return to the Moon by 2024.

Having resigned from his seat in the House of Representatives to take the job of NASA administrator, Bridenstine is seen as drawing bipartisan support during his tenure, but Congress doesn't appear as though it will come through for #Moon2024.

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"After you've run NASA, to go from doing this to whatever I do next is going to be really hard". A committee recommended on 10 November funding only $1 billion of that, potentially cementing Bridenstine's legacy.

Bridenstine touted NASA's accomplishments since he became administrator, but noted that a good working relationship with the executive branch is a key to its continued success.

Meanwhile, he was fortunate enough as an official to be involved in some historical achievements, including events surrounding SpaceX's manned test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule.

"There are a lot of people that can do great work as the NASA administrator".

NASA also announced on 10 November that it had certified the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to legally carry humans, clearing the way for regular trips to the ISS. You need somebody who is trusted by the administration. "That person will not be me", he said.

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