Biden picks former senator who flew in space to lead NASA
President Joe Biden has chosen Nelson, a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle to lead NASA. Scott Applewhite, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – President Joe Biden has chosen a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle right before the Challenger accident to lead NASA. Biden on Friday announced his intent to nominate Bill Nelson as the space agency's administrator. “There has been no greater champion, not just for Florida’s space industry, but for the space program as a whole than Bill,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said in a statement. Plenty of qualified candidates,” retired space shuttle director and program manager Wayne Hale tweeted earlier this month.
Celebrate Hubble's 30th anniversary with astronauts, astrophysicists & gamers with 'Virtual Astronomy Live'
The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from the space shuttle Discovery during the second servicing mission in 1997. NEW YORK To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is bringing together a group of astronauts and astrophysicists to talk about the iconic observatory in the first-ever "Virtual Astronomy Live" webcast today (April 24). The free, 90-minute webcast begins at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), and you can watch it live here. Also joining the group will be three astrophysicists and science communicators, including Frank Summers, a visualization scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Related: The best Hubble Space Telescope images of all time!space.com