UPDATED 4:10 PM PT – Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Joe Biden’s nominee for NASA administrator has gained bipartisan support from lawmakers during a congressional hearing.
Testifying in front of the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee Wednesday, former Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) said he was excited about the future of NASA. He even shared his confidence about reaching the moon by 2024.
Nelson said he wants numerous projects to be carried out on time, such as getting to Mars in the 2030s. He added, these new projects would be the result of multiple presidents’ work.
During confirmation hearing to be NASA administrator, Bill Nelson says he’ll try to stick to Trump’s schedule for return to the moon https://t.co/6Y0Q06swnb
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 21, 2021
“At the end of the year — perhaps early next year — you’re going to see the largest rocket ever, [the] most powerful, launched that is going to be the workhorse of the program of going back to the moon,” NASA administrator nominee Bill Nelson said. “These projects are not one administration, they’re many. It’s like building an aircraft carrier. You start it and it’ll take you years down the road.”
NASA Administrator Nominee Bill Nelson: “If you ask me what is my vision for the future of NASA it is to continue for us to explore the heavens with humans and with machines.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 21, 2021
Nelson emphasized, there is a lot of excitement about NASA’s future.