The new head of NASA, who deals with the topic of climate, secures the moon landing in 2024

The new head of NASA, who deals with the topic of climate, secures the moon landing in 2024


NASA’s new administrator is working hard to combat the climate and diversify the agency’s workforce, but is focused on whether the U.S. can get astronauts to the moon by 2024.

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NASA’s new administrator is working hard to combat the climate and diversify the agency’s workforce, but is focused on whether the U.S. can get astronauts to the moon by 2024.

In his first interview since his appointment as NASA’s chief officer this week, former Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday that the pursuit of climate change was a key issue.

He also wants to diversify the space agency’s workforce to reflect America.

Regarding astronauts landing on the moon, Nelson said the target remained 2024, a deadline set by the Trump administration. But he warns that space is difficult and that he needs more time to review the matter, particularly with a treaty protest over the lunar lander for astronauts.

“We all know that space is difficult,” he said, noting that there are often delays in the development of new technologies.

“But the goal is 2024.?

His underlying vision for NASA is to “explore the sky with people and machines”.

Nelson said he hadn’t sought a job as a NASA administrator and recommended three women to head the space agency.

He said he told the Biden administration that he would only accept the nomination if one of the women could serve as his chosen deputy for the job: former space shuttle commander Pam Melroy.

Nelson, 78, is NASA’s 14th administrator, the third to fly in space and the first to grow up in the shadow of rockets.

He was sworn in on Monday by Vice President Kamala Harris, who will chair the National Space Council.

In a show of bipartisan space support, the previous two administrators attended the ceremony, representing the Obama and Trump administrations.

Nelson joins NASA after 44 years in public service, 42 of which in an elected public office.

Nelson grew up near Ce Canaveral and graduated from high school a year before Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space 60 years ago this week.

He attended law school and served in the US Army Reserve during the Vietnam War.

After several terms in the Florida legislature, Democrat Nelson won the Congress election, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate, before losing his political career in 2018.

While Nelson was a congressman, he went into orbit aboard the space shuttle Columbia in January 1986, just two weeks before the Challenger astronauts were killed on launch.

(With contributions from agencies)

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