The family of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is known to have deep ties with the space agency and to the family of Trump’s nominee for the role.
In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Bolden’s wife, Carole, told Zakaria that he would be able to put “his family’s name behind” NASA, which he called “one of the greatest companies in the world.”
Bolden, who served as NASA’s chief scientist for more than 30 years, is the first African American to be confirmed to lead the space program.
Bolden has worked for the company since 2001 and has served on its board of directors.
In a statement, NASA said that Bolden will “bring an outstanding and distinguished leadership and leadership style to NASA.”
He will lead the agency in its exploration of the solar system, its manned spaceflight programs, and its science and exploration missions.
He will also be a leader in addressing the challenges of global climate change, the environment, health and safety and the economy, the agency said.
The former aerospace engineer has served as a top adviser to the president, but he did not join his staff in the White House, which was set up by former President Donald Trump.
He also did not serve as a member of the NASA Advisory Committee, which advises the agency.
His father, former President George H.W. Bush, served on the board of NASA.
The space agency will continue to pursue its goals and achieve the greatest benefit for all Americans, the statement said.
“The work that NASA does, both to protect our country and to advance science and discovery, has been, and will continue, to be at the heart of our mission,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.
“This selection is an excellent choice for the position of Administrator and brings deep expertise and experience to NASA, including his extensive background in space and technology.”
Boldin served as chief scientist at NASA from 2001 until 2013, when he retired from the agency as director of the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
He was a former vice president at Lockheed Martin and was the first NASA administrator to be named to the National Academy of Sciences.
He left NASA in September 2016 after serving for 11 years as NASA administrator.
He is also a member and former chairman of the board for the Aerospace Corporation of America.
In 2015, Boldin was awarded the National Medal of Science.
In the statement, Bridenstrine said Bolden “will bring an outstanding, distinguished leadership, and leadership culture that will help guide the agency through a period of significant challenges and opportunities in space exploration.”
He added that Boldin “will also be an advocate for the national interest and the advancement of science and technology in space.”
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is responsible for overseeing NASA’s exploration of space, including the development of new technologies to explore the universe and other planets.
The mission of NASA’s National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is also headed by Bolden.
A former member of Congress, Boldan was the third black astronaut to walk into the space shuttle in 2010.
He served as commander of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and flew aboard the space station until the shuttle’s demise in 2011.
He retired from NASA in December 2019 after 31 years.
He had previously served as the chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin.