NASA chief Jim Bridenstine is expected to step down under President-elect Joe Biden.
According to Aviation Week, Bridenstine said he would not remain as the head of the United States space agency even if asked to do so. Bridentstine explained this is not for partisan reasons, but instead, to make sure NASA can thrive under new leadership.
The right question here is ‘What’s in the best interest of NASA as an agency, and what’s in the best interest of America's exploration program?...For that, what you need is somebody who has a close relationship with the president of the United States. You need somebody who is trusted by the administration…. including the OMB [Office of Management and Budget], the National Space Council and the National Security Council, and I think that I would not be the right person for that in a new administration.
Bridenstine has led NASA since April 23, 2018, according to NASA's website. Prior to that he served as a United States Congressman from Oklahoma's first congressional district for 7 years.
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