Vice President Mike Pence swore in Jim Bridenstine as NASA’s new administrator April 23, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. The event was attended by NASA employees and by the media.
Following the swearing-in, Pence and Bridenstine spoke live with NASA astronauts Scott Tingle, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, who are currently living and working 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station, as part of the station’s Expedition 55 crew. The astronauts offered congratulations and shared stories of their experiences on the orbiting outpost, which is traveling at 17,500 miles per hour. Pence and Bridenstine also met by video teleconference with senior agency leaders at headquarters and the agency’s field centers.
Bridenstine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 19, to serve as the agency’s 13th administrator. Prior to this position, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of Oklahoma, where he held positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bridenstine also is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.
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