After NASA’s chief Jim bridenstein resigned yesterday (Jan. 20), President Joe Biden’s administration has appointed Steve Jursky to act as acting administrator until the role is permanently filled.
Jurczyk has been the agency’s associate administrator since May 2018, according to him Biography of nasa; All told, he has worked at NASA since 1988. Jurskij is one of 34 acting leaders announced by Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, hours after the inauguration.
In a message to agency personnel Received by SpaceRef, Jursky thanked Breidenstein and highlighted the events in the coming months, citing a plan to return the human to the moon but without naming Artemis program, Clearly a product of President Donald Trump’s administration.
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“The same cannot be understood about how we proceeded to pursue the NASA mission for the health, safety, and wellbeing of every civil servant and contractor,” Jurski and the White House maid sentiment Lal wrote in a joint message. “NASA represents America at its best, and the best of American values: hard work, determination and ingenuity. And this agency has proven, time and again, that anything is possible when we come together, to overcome obstacles. Break, create opportunities, and imagine a new tomorrow. “
Biden has not yet announced a candidate to lead the agency permanently. Trump nominated Bridenstein to head the agency in September 2017, but A. Confirmation process was controversial And the Senate did not approve the nomination until April 2018, leaving NASA in the hands of acting administrator Robert Lightfoot for 15 months. Bridenstine Was NASA’s 13th administrator and the first to head the agency after serving in elected office; He represented the 1st Congressional District of Oklahoma in the House of Representatives.
Leadership change comes on hot heels Critical but incomplete test NASA’s massive moon rocket, Ki Space launch system. During the hot-fire test, the core phase engines were fired for just 67 seconds instead of the targeted 8 minutes. NASA’s leadership will now need to decide whether to resume the test scheduled later this year.
In addition, the agency will attempt a difficult feat under its Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, within just one month. Land on the red planet on 18 February. And the agency, like the rest of the federal government, is facing a double crisis of public and economic health induced by the COVID-19 epidemic.
“These public servants, like so many people in the federal government, are dedicated to serving the American people, not a political party or agenda.” Said in a statement Announced the acting of dozens of government agencies. “His experience in government and commitment to service will allow this administration to take over again as we prepare to bring the epidemic under control and our economy is growing once again. I want to lead during these difficult times I am grateful to step up and help them. We are confident that the government will continue to serve and serve the American people. “
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