Saturday, May 23, 2009

Obama picks shuttle veteran to be NASA chief

President Obama nominated has former shuttle commander Charles Bolden to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). If confirmed, the 62-year old would become the space agency’s first black administrator and just the second astronaut to hold the position.

Bolden joined the astronaut corps in 1981 and logged more than 680 hours in space on four shuttle missions. News sources see the selection of Bolden as reassuring to those who feared that Obama was lukewarm on future manned missions.

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